Cox Plans to Offer All Residential Customers 1Gbps Service by 2016

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DarkQuark

If you own a Ferrari but all the roads you drive on are congested with traffic it really does not mean much.

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John Pombrio

Missed the part about doubling of speed. 100Mbps? Yes, please.

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vrmlbasic

That's nice and all, but since they have data caps there's no point.

Maybe it is just an polite reminder email when you go over the cap _now_ but tomorrow it might be cellphone-esque overage charges or massive (ie:T-Mobile) throttling, or comcast-like DPI in order to selectively speed your data. No cap is enough.

Data caps and "internet fast lanes" both suck but we let the ISPs slide on the former :(

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Doombuggie41

As someone with cox who exceeds their data cap on a monthly basis. All I get is an email saying that I've exceeded my data cap. No penalties or anything.

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QUINTIX256

Though I have Verizon GPON (fios), stuff like this makes me reserve my doubts about bringing fiber all the way to the home. Copper has plenty of capacity. Each HD channel a cable co provides needs roughly 20mbps to match broadcast quality, and packages typically offer them in the hundreds. So the bandwidth is there, it's just the switch and router capacity that is the issue.

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hawgfan

I have Cox here in Arkansas. I have the Cox Internet Preferred service with 25 Mbps with a cap of 250 Gb and am paying $63 a month. It seems every year the price goes up. Didn't even know there was a cap until 2 months ago when I went over. I can't imagine what they will charge for 1 Gbps.

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PCWolf

Cox will offer 1GBs, but will most likely charge customers 3x as much as what Google would charge. As for Time Warner, forget them. If they charge $74 99 for 100MBs, imagine what they would charge for 1GBs. But then again, It will most likely be 2020 before we see anything that fast from TWC.

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John Pombrio

That is terrific news as I have Cox. right now I get 65Mbps/12.5 or 6.3+MBs download speeds from open pipes like Steam. I have the Premier tier plan at $73/month total. There are no slowdowns at any time, this is extremely consistent results.
Cox has also been bumping my speed up the past few years. I started out at 35 or so 5-6 years ago and now am at 65. For $100/ month I can get 150Mbps and I bet I would get or exceed that. I am sure that Cox could get me to 1Gbps without much trouble.
the only hassle is the 300GB/month soft cap. I go over it all the time and I would like to see that increase to 500 or so.

As far a speeds go tho, my 65 is plenty for even 20GB large downloads take about a half an hour. as of now, I cannot see the need for faster unless 4K TV comes around and the data cap is a hel'a'lot larger.

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Enigmatistical

While I don't believe Cox at all, even if they did roll out gigabit internet they will charge accordingly. Google offers gigabit internet for cheaper than I pay for 50Mb and Cox attempts to justify their pricing scheme as "competitive". Cox also recently raised the rates citing increasing service costs and what's interesting is the increase percentage was greater for 25Mb than 50Mb. Cox can attempt to feed me as much bullshit as they want, my mouth remains closed. I still want Google

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jgrimoldy

And they'll still want to charge NetFilx a premium for last-mile delivery... :(

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jbitzer

With what data cap and overage charges?

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John Pombrio

I have gone over my Cox 300GB cap six months in a row and nothing except an e-mail. So far so good.

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jbitzer

Sadly, I'm stuck with comcast. I did like Cox when I was in VA, but my choices are Comcast or Comcast. I know they are itching to turn the screws on me.

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Cperezt

I have cox here in california. They have a soft data cap and dont currently charge for going over it. For$30 25Mbs down 10Mb up 300Gb soft cap i like it. Better than comcast or att. Also, they dont throttle youtube or netflix.

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jbitzer

Yeah, if Comcast brings back caps, I'm screwed. I use about 600 GB a month streaming from itunes and Netflix and stuff.