The launch, mentioned on CEO Michael Willner's blog, comes about a month after Insight promised to launch D3 in two markets by the end of the year. (See Insight Preps Docsis 3.0 Launches .)
Insight is heading into the wideband era with a 50Mbit/s upstream and an unbound 5Mbit/s upstream. An MSO spokeswoman said the tier, dubbed Broadband 50.0, sells for $95 per month -- $35 more than Insight's next fastest tier, which offers downstream bursts of 30 Mbit/s.
Willner noted that Insight will announce timing of D3 launches in its Louisville and Lexington, Ky., systems "in the coming days."
Why this matters
Following broad launches by major MSOs such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Docsis 3.0 speeds are starting to reach the second tier of the market with some regularity. In the case of Insight, its initial three-market wideband play will help it outpace AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) U-verse, which currently tops out at 24 Mbit/s downstream.
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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable