RCN expands DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit services to Washington, D.C., beats Comcast to market


RCN continues to take on Comcast head-on in the realm of DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig products, announcing the expansion of its gigabit service to Washington, D.C. 

RCN said the 1-gig service is available in its entire D.C. footprint, which includes Washington D.C., Montgomery County, Maryland, Falls Church and the Braemar community in Bristow, Virginia.

The announcement follows RCN’s deployment of 1 Gbps services in Chicago, where it is in direct competition with Comcast and AT&T, as well as in New York, where it’s taking on Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS. 

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“The fastest Internet speeds in the market are now available to the D.C. area where reliable, uninterrupted and high performance speed is in high demand,” said Sanford Ames, Jr., senior VP and general manager of RCN D.C. Metro, in a statement.

Princeton, N.J.-based RCN is offering its 1 Gbps service for $69.99 a month for the first year, but it hasn’t indicated what subscribers will be paying after that promotional window ends. 

Comcast kicked off DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit services in Chicago in August. And last week, the MSO announced expansion of 1-gig services to Denver, San Francisco and Kansas City. Comcast, however, has yet to announce expansion of its gigabit product to Washington, D.C.