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Woohoo [Jan. 28th, 2004|03:13 pm]
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From Mediacom:

We're doubling the capabilities of the fastest Internet access available. Now, Mediacom Online is twice as fast, with download speeds up to 3 megabits per second and upstream speeds up to 256 kilobits per second. This upgrade is automatic and will be effective February 1, 2004. All you need to do is sit back and get the low down on the fastest downloads around.

The cynic in me thinks 2 things are happening: 1) They aren't using up all the bandwidth they're paying for. 2) They have customers retention problems. Anyone who actually uses the internet gets frustrated pretty quick with throttled uploads. DSL is starting to be a more viable option in our area. So they have to do something to keep people hooked on the cable modem.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2004-01-28 03:12 pm (UTC)
It's #2.
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2004-01-29 12:41 pm (UTC)
Comcast did the same thing, in response to competition (in our area it's Wide Open West), and claim 256k up / 3m down in our area. Quick axiom: cable and telephone company ISPs never increase throughput or reduce rates unless they see competition in a specific geographic area.

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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2004-01-29 12:55 pm (UTC)

Competition

See, those axioms about Capitalism are true! Competition does keep prices down!

Of course, it annoys me that they had the capacity to deliver this all along, and they chose not to. To my way of thinking, if you can give a customer more, without raising your own expenses, why not just give them more, for the goodwill?
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