MSOs match National Broadband Plan

It can't be a coincidence that as the FCC is unfurling its 100 Mbps National Broadband Plan and Google has cities all atwitter about a chance to tap into a 1 Gbps data fire hose the top two MSOs, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, are talking up their plans to roll new high-speed data tiers for select customers at select prices.

Time Warner, whose executives are on the record touting the importance of high-speed data as a business segment, officially launched 50 Mbps up, 5 Mbps down DOCSIS 3.0 service in North Texas and Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y. Called Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet, the service costs $99.95 a month and is already available in New York City. For those with less appetite for speed and shallower pockets, the MSO offers a Road Runner Extreme 30/5 tier in the new markets for $69.95 a month.

For its part Comcast decided to match the FCC's plan and roll out 100 Mbps service to "most, if not all" of its subscribers in the next 12 to 18 months. This doubles the current fastest speed the MSO offers and has not yet been priced.

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