Light Reading
OMGfast promo pitches 50-meg speeds for $29.95/month as it preps for a big expansion in South Florida, where it competes with Bright House and Verizon

Cablevision's Wireless ISP Pitches Price Lock

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Mobile News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/27/2013
50%
50%

OMGfast, the wireless ISP backed by Cablevision Systems Corp., is promoting a lifetime price guarantee as it expands broadband services to another 23,000 homes in Broward County, Fla. OMGfast's lifetime price lock is $29.95 per month for speeds up to 50Mbit/s, and is being offered to any new customer who signs up by April 30, 2013. The regular price for the no-contract, un-capped 50-meg (downstream) service is $59.95 per month. OMGfast is backing it up with a new ad campaign featuring NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and his daughter, Jessica, so it's got that going for it. "OMGfast customers are assured that their service fee of $29.95 will never go up for that level of speed," company VP Darren Nichols said, in a statement. The service, also offered in Palm Beach, runs on Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) spectrum, which relies on equipment installed on cell towers and is capable of delivering Internet or TV services. It can also be used for cellular backhaul. Cablevision originally acquired MVDDS licenses covering 150 million people in 45 U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, in 2004 via a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction. Cablevision sold that spectrum to Dish Network Corp. last fall for $80 million as part of a $700 million settlement to resolve a legal spat tied to the now-defunct Voom HD service. (See Dish Pays $80M for Cablevision Spectrum.) At the time, Cablevision likened OMGfast to a small pilot so it can learn more about MVDDS technology. The service expansion and price promotion proves that there's much more to come, as the new deployment, which includes access to Fort Lauderdale and represents the company's fifth tower installation, will enable OMGfast to reach up to 90,000 homes. Its current footprint serves residential and small business customers in Margate, Coral Springs, Tamarac and West Boca Raton. An OMGfast spokeswoman said the wireless ISP is "rapidly expanding in South Florida," with plans to light up 41 towers over the next 12 months. Miami-Dade County is one of the areas on tap for that expansion. Bright House Networks and Verizon Communications Inc. are among the wireline ISPs that tangle with OMGfast. OMGfast has signed up more than 3,000 customers so far, the spokeswoman added. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/1/2013 | 4:06:31 PM
re: Cablevision's Wireless ISP Pitches Price Lock
3,000 subs or... much less than that? -áFierceCable took a look at Cablevision's annual report and noted that OMGfast had but 1,600 subs as of Jan. 31. Per the document: "-áAs of January 31, 2013, we were using these licenses to provide service to approximately 1,600 customers in Florida."

So, either they overstated that total to me, or they had one heck of a February. JB

Here's the report: http://www.fiercecable.com/sto...
And the annual report: http://www.fiercecable.com/sto...
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/27/2013 | 9:26:05 PM
re: Cablevision's Wireless ISP Pitches Price Lock
OMGfast is also packing some-áOTT video with its-ápromotions.-á In a one-year offer that also goes for $29.95 per month, OMGfast is throwing in a free Roku box for 6 months. After that, they'll lease it to subs for $5/month. http://www.omgfast.com/roku_of...
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
Paul Bunyan's Giant Gigabit Plans

12|22|14   |   03:26   |   (0) comments


Gary Johnson, the CEO and GM of Minnesota rural operator Paul Bunyan Communications, discusses the company's 5,000-square-mile gigabit network rollout.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
Google Steering Android Towards Cars – Report
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/19/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive