Cable One doubles speeds in NewWave footprint

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Cable One said it has doubled available internet speeds in the NewWave Communications footprint it acquired last year, with the aim of soon offering NewWave residential customers 1-gig services.

The provider has largely completed upgrades to its legacy footprint, using 32-channel bonding in DOCSIS 3.0-powered infrastructure to delivery gigabit-level speed performance. 

The Phoenix, Arizona-based MSO purchased NewWave for $735 million last year, adding around 214,000 residential subscribers and 428,000 residential passings in rural areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. 

"We doubled speeds as an automatic upgrade to customers--rates were not increased as a result of this automatic upgrade," Cable One spokesperson Patricia Niemann told Fierce. 

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“As customers continue to stream, download, and connect across multiple devices in their homes, we know that speed is key in satisfying this growing demand,” said Julie Seff, VP of residential services for Cable One, in a statement. “Doubling speeds as well as launching Gigabit service will create more customer value and provide a superior high-speed internet experience for our customers.”

Seff said Cable One plans to spend $60 million over three years on network upgrades in New Wave markets. 

“Our investment in improving and expanding the network in our NewWave markets enables us to deliver the fastest, most reliable internet connections at the best value, while contributing to the economic development of the communities we serve,” Seff added.