Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg

Cox Communications Inc. has picked the Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) FiOS battleground of Northern Virginia for its latest launch of Docsis 3.0 services.

As it did last month in Lafayette Parish, La., where Cox battles with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and a municipal fiber-to-the-home buildout, the MSO is starting things off in Fairfax County and Fredericksburg with a wideband tier that caps the downstream at 50 Mbit/s and the upstream at 5 Mbit/s. (See Cox Unleashes Wideband.)

The fastest FiOS tier from Verizon clocks in at 50 Mbit/s down by 20 Mbit/s upstream for $139.95 per month, when it's bundled with home phone service, and $144.95 otherwise.

Cox is selling the new "Ultimate" tier for $139.99 month, though customers can get it for $109 per month via Cox's "introductory rate." So far, Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is besting all U.S. MSOs with a 101 Mbit/s Docsis 3.0 tier that runs $99.95 per month. (See Cablevision Debuts 101-Mbit/s Wideband Service.)

Cox is still the only MSO (so far) to publicly combine Docsis 3.0 with "PowerBoost," a patented technology that gives subs an extra speed increase when there's latent capacity on the network. A company exec previously estimated that PowerBoost, when it's active, will give wideband subs temporary downstream speed bursts of around 55 Mbit/s. (See Cox Gives Wideband a 'PowerBoost'.)

The MSO expects to deploy wideband in several more markets by the end of this year, and in more than two thirds of its footprint in 2010. Some near-term deployment candidates include New Orleans, Phoenix, central Florida, and Orange County, Calif.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:05:30 PM
re: Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg Checking the vendor scorecard....Cox confirms that it's using Cisco wideband modems and CMTSs for the D3 launches in Lafayette Parish, La., and in N. Virginia...but it's also testing DOCSIS 3.0 equipment from Motorola.
OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 4:05:24 PM
re: Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg

I notice that they are marketing based on BW capacity.

What is the bit cap that they are limiting subs to, megabits?


Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:05:19 PM
re: Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg They certainly market these services based on what kind of best effort bursts can be achieved (ie. 50 Mbit/s downstream with the new D3 tier), but I'm checking in with them for an update on what their policy is in respect to metered usage or caps...hope to have an answer shortly on that one.
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:05:19 PM
re: Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg Cox confirmed that the monthly usage cap for the new wideband tier is 300GB down/100GB up. At this point, Cox hasn't introduced any metered billing policies that would charge for usage above certain thresholds.
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