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RCN Plans to Boost Cable Modem Speeds to 10 Mbps

RCN Corp. seems determined to remain the fastest broadband player in the land. RCN announced Wednesday that, for the third time in 18 months, it will boost its high-speed data speeds to stay well ahead of other cable operators and DSL providers. The alternative cable operator, which competes against traditional MSOs in several top metro areas, plans to hike its top downstream speed from 7 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 10 Mbps in all of its markets by the end of next month. At the same time, RCN intends to boost the speed of its 5 Mbps service to 7 Mbps. Subscribers will pay no extra charge for the speed increases. RCN boasted that its new MegaModem Mach 10 service will be more than twice as fast as other cable modem services and more than six times faster than the leading DSL services. The move comes as other MSOs are boosting their top cable modem speeds to 5, 6 and 7 Mbps.
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