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TWC Joins Austin Speed Sweepstakes

Mari Silbey

Austin, Texas is getting even more broadband love -- this time from Time Warner Cable.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has announced that beginning June 3, it will boost Internet speeds in Austin, delivering up to 300 Mbit/s to subscribers in the downstream. Customers will also get an upgrade in the upstream, with top speeds rising to 20 Mbit/s.

Ever since Google Fiber Inc. announced that it would bring gigabit fiber service to Austin just over a year ago, service providers have been in a race to outdo each other with new Internet offerings. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has said it plans to introduce gigabit speeds in the area for $70 per month later this year under its GigaPower brand. At the same time, Grande Communications , a smaller broadband and video provider in the region, is also rolling out 1-Gig service, cutting the price to $65 per month. (See Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig and AT&T's Austin GigaPower Debuts at 300 Mbit/s .)

As part of the Austin upgrades, TWC is also adding new WiFi hotspots to the area, bringing its total local count to more than 2,000. The company says new Internet speeds will roll out to about 40% of subscribers in the area in June, with the rest of the upgrades scheduled to be complete by Halloween. TW Cable is also introducing 300Mbit/s speed tiers now in Los Angeles and New York City.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Sabre
5/31/2014 | 1:55:58 PM
Re: prices
It is amazing that the internet speeds will now be increased meaning people will be able to download more things faster  with speed up to 20 Ambit/s. this will make work more efficient for companies. It is also amazing that more Wi-Fi hot spots will be added to the area of Austin. This will boost up the areas economy and open it to so many technological advancements in the future. The number of internet subscribers will also increase due to these advancements. The only question that is pending is how much will all these cost the locals?
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/22/2014 | 7:37:43 PM
I haz a sad
19 Mb here. Sigh. 
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/22/2014 | 1:38:06 PM
Re: prices
Yes, I like FioS and have it too, but the $70 I pay for 15 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up isn't looking so hot these days.
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/22/2014 | 12:14:11 PM
those price points are just a tiny bit over what Verizon currently charges me for FIOS.
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