Cox Boots Up Its Bandwidth Meter

12:45 PM MSO debuts a modem meter in Florida to help subs keep tabs on their bandwidth consumption

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

September 23, 2010

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Cox Boots Up Its Bandwidth Meter

12:45 PM -- Cox Communications Inc. confirmed that it has launched a bandwidth usage meter for customers in its Gulf Coast (northwest Florida) market after customers started chirping about it on the DSL Reports message boards.

An MSO spokesman said the meter was launched this week and Cox plans to deploy it on a market-by-market basis in its other systems throughout the rest of this year. Here are some screenshots (SFW) that show Cox's meter in action.

The meter, designed internally, is there to help Cox subs monitor their bandwidth usage and track how far they are from hitting the operator's cap on excessive use. Unlike a consumption-based billing system Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) tried out and then mothballed amid a firestorm of criticism, Cox doesn't charge extra for consumption above those bandwidth thresholds, which are broken out thusly:

Table 1:

Cox High-Speed Internet Package

Bandwidth Allowance*

Ultimate

400GB

Premier Plus ( Available only in Arizona)

400GB

Premier

250GB

Preferred

200GB

Essential/Value

50GB

Starter/Economy

30GB





Cox says a very small percentage (approximately 1 percent) ever exceed their monthly bandwidth allowance.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has already gone wide with a similar meter for its monthly 250GB cap on excessive use. (See Comcast Expanding Broadband Meter Trials .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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