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Charter Has Big Gig Plans for 2018

Charter Communications has become the latest major US cableco to get gig-happy as it revs up its deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 throughout the nation.

Charter Communications Inc. , the second-largest cable and broadband provider in the US, revealed late last week that it will roll out D3.1 across its 50-million-home footprint by year's end. Using that technology, it will offer its new Spectrum Internet Gig service (actually 940 Mbit/s downstream) nationwide by the close of the year, joining such other large cable players as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cox Communications Inc. , Mediacom Communications Corp. , WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) and Cable One Inc. .

After launching DOCSIS 3.1 in December, Charter has now deployed the technology and its corresponding Spectrum Internet Gig service in eight markets, including, New York City, Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Oahu, Raleigh/Durham and San Antonio. As a result, it now offers 1-Gig service to 9 million homes and businesses in those markets, or nearly 20% of its total footprint. For more on this story, please turn to our sister site, Broadband World News. (See Charter Going Gig-Happy in 2018.)

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

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