Suddenlink boots up 300 Mbps service in suddenly hot Texas broadband market

Keeping pace in a Texas market that's been increasingly pockmarked with next-generation broadband options, Suddenlink announced Monday that it's using its DOCSIS 3.0 platform to launch a new 300 Mbps service tier in two mid-state areas, Leander and Pflugerville, with the high-speed offering also coming to nearby Georgetown in the next few months.

The new tier delivers 15 Mbps upstream service and about triples the 107 Mbps/5 Mbps maximum speed that Suddenlink previously offered in these three markets.

Acknowledging the competitiveness of the Texas market, Suddenlink notes that all residential customers in Leander and Pflugerville access to the new high-speed service.

"Based on public reports and additional research, it appears AT&T U-verse (NYSE: T) has cherry-picked where it will offer its service, while Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) is nowhere to be found," said Suddenlink Senior Director of Operations Michael Naumann. "In contrast, we're making our 300 meg service available to 100 percent of the residential areas we serve in these communities." 

Georgetown, Leander, and Pflugerville were also the first cities to get Suddenlink's 107 Mbps service in March 2010. At the time, Suddenlink notes, that was the fastest download speed available from a major U.S. provider.

Suddenlink also announced that it has activated nearly half of approximately 200 Wi-Fi access points planned for Georgetown, Leander and Pflugerville. 

Texas has been a popular place lately for high-speed broadband rollouts, with Google Fiber set to launch in Austin later this year, and Austin already on the receiving end of AT&T's GigaPower service. 

For more:
- read this press release
- read this Multichannel News story

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