Cable One announced that it has deployed DOCSIS 3.0-powered 1-gig services to 95% of its residential footprint, which covers around 200 U.S. cities.
The Phoenix, Arizona-based operator said it has spent $700 million over the last five years on network upgrades, eschewing CableLabs’ next-generation DOCSIS 3.1 standard and relying instead on DOCSIS 3.0 modems that can bond up to 32 channels.
CableOne said it had 471,537 high-speed internet users as of the end of the third quarter of 2017, but the operator hasn’t disclosed how many of them are taking the GigaOne product, which costs $175 a month.
Indeed, with a footprint that passes through poverty-stricken areas of the South and Midwest, CableOne is billing the gigabit-speed benchmark as a rural broadband access play.
“In an effort to eliminate the digital divide in the communities we serve, we envisioned providing every customer in our footprint with access to Gigabit service, no matter where they live,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One president and CEO, in a statement. “We are proud to say we are very close to reaching that goal in our legacy markets and we are thrilled to support the technology needs of the communities we serve—now and in the future.”
Cable One noted that its business services unit has provided fiber-based symmetrical 10 Gbps service to enterprise customers for the last decade.
"Our extensive fiber network deployment and continued investment in improving and expanding our network enables us to provide the speed that our residential and business customers need, while helping to drive economic development in the communities we serve,” Laulis added.