Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha will be the first to receive 1Gbps service from Cox
Maybe by the end of the decade we'll all be rocking 1Gbps Internet connections. There seems to be an increased interest on the part of broadband Internet providers to keep pace with Google and its Google Fiber service, so it's not a matter of "if" but "when" we'll see gigabit speeds. If you're a Cox Communications customers, expect to see 1Gbps broadband Internet service available by the end of 2016.
Remember the days when unlimited Internet connections were just that? Unlimited? I’m not talking about a generational gap here—it seems like but a few years ago, that $40, or $60, or $80 you shuffled away to your favorite Internet service provider each month got you true unlimited Internet. You could download Linux distros until your router exploded; stream movies until your eyes exploded; play Counter-Strike until your… well, OK, Counter-Strike never really did use up that much bandwidth.
We live in different times now. Each bit and byte of data you transmit has an effective price tag: You’re paying for unlimited service so long as you, like many others, ignore the fine print that specifically tells you just how much unlimited service you’re going to get until your ISP gets pissy. Look, we can both agree that this practice is a complete joke, and it’s just one more way for your data providers to slowly squeeze the noose until we’re all paying $10 per picture we download on our mobile phones.
But is it really that bad?
It goes without saying that America’s Internet infrastructure (and pricing models) can vary wildly from those found in the rest of the world. But let’s not end the comparison with just a throwaway statement like that: How do American ISPs fare against their cross-cultural brethren? Does it get much worse than this… or better?
Cox Communications is getting out of its element a little bit by announcing that it will soon start offering TiVo Premier DVR boxes with access to Cox's Video On Demand service.
"We recognize that consumers are attracted to a growing range of devices that enable them to access broadband content and interactive capabilities," said Pat Esser, President of Cox Communications. "With TiVo Premiere, Cox is providing consumers even more choice. Our subscribers will not only have access to TiVo's user experience but Cox's robust Advanced TV offering including On Demand service."
According to Cox, this is the first time a cable operator has opened up its entire video on demand library to a retail DVR. As part of the agreement, Cox says it will actively promote TiVo Premier to its subscriber base, offer up support for TiVo Premiere as an optional set-top, and provide free installation of TiVo Premiere boxes purchased at Best Buy and other retail and online outlets.
Pretty soon select high speed internet subscribers in Kansas and Arkansas will learn how their ISP got its name. That's because Cox Communications, the third-largest cable ISP in the country, said it will start testing a new method of throttling internet traffic on its high-speed network in the two states, starting in February.
This isn't a bandwidth limit like Comcast and AT&T have implemented. Instead, Cox breaks down internet traffic into two categories -- time sensitive and non-time sensitive -- and when the traffic becomes congested, non time sensitive traffic will take a back seat to higher priority packets.
Hit the jump to find out what qualifies as non-time sensitive traffic.