RCN sets DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig services in New York

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Ramping up competition for Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS in the Big Apple, RCN has launched DOCSIS 3.1-based 1-gig services in its New York City footprint. 

The service is available in RCN passings through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Users pay $69.99 for the first 12 months, but RCN has not disclosed what they’ll pay after that promotional period ends. New Yorkers can check to see if RCN’s 1-gig service is available for their residence or business on this page

The service requires no contract.

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Princeton, N.J.-based RCN recently launched DOCSIS 3.1-enabled 1-gig services in Chicago, where it’s competing with Comcast and AT&T.

As for the Big Apple, RCN is the first to arrive with a gig. FiOS offers symmetrical speeds of 500 Mbps, and Time Warner Cable launched a 300 Mbps product as part of its “TWC Maxx” bundle before Charter acquired the cable company. Competing with RCN to a lesser degree, Altice USA (formerly Cablevision) offers a 300 Mbps product. 

“One gigabit is a giant leap forward in internet technology and RCN is the first provider to offer this new service at an affordable price to residents of New York City.” said Bruce Abbott, VP and GM of RCN New York, in a statement. “One gigabit internet provides a high-performance connection that delivers unrivaled value on a platform designed to expand as our customers’ needs continue to grow. RCN is committed to staying at the forefront of innovation by continuing to offer the fastest internet speeds, increased reliability and the best experience for our customers.”