TIme Warner Cable Is Nuts: $300 for 20 Mbps Broadband Connection

Updated: Time Warner Cable’s (s TWC) super-fast broadband roll out to the rest of its markets is under way — although we have no idea how fast since the company has not responded to my questions about the deployment details. However, earlier this week it said it was offering DOCSIS 3.0-supported business class service in Cincinnati with two tiers that cost more than $300 a month. The tiers are:

  • Up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream/2 Mbps upstream: $309.95
  • Up to 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream $349.95

For that kind of money a customer gets the fast broadband, static IP addresses, more email accounts and better customers service, but is still on a shared line. However, I’m pretty sure plenty of business customers will take it, if only for the improved upload speeds. For example, in my market a T-1 line costs about that much and delivers 1.5 Mbps on a dedicated line. Update: However, Om points out that Comcast charges business customers $189 for 50 Mbps in San Francisco which makes TWC’s pricing crazy high. Gotta love that lack of competition.

Meanwhile, residential pricing or service hasn’t been announced yet, which has me thinking that Time Warner, which has said it will deploy DOCSIS 3.0 “surgically,” is still cherry-picking its markets and customers for super-fast broadband. Meanwhile, Comcast (s cmcsa) has deployed DOCSIS 3.0 to 38 million homes and will cover 100 percent of its footprint by the end of the year.

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