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January 29, 2009

Charter Unveils Fastest Residential Internet Service

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, reportedly has launched a 60 Mbps Internet service, which it claims is the fastest residential service available from any multiple system cable and telecom provider.
The officials say that initially the company would deploy Charter High-Speed Internet Ultra60 in the St. Louis metropolitan area and later would expand it to additional markets.
In addition, officials say that the company would soon boost Charter High- Speed Internet Max from 16 to 20 Mbps nationally.
“Not only are we delivering the fastest speed today, but our infrastructure has the capacity to support even higher speeds as demand and usage grow,” said Ted Schremp, Charter’s chief marketing officer.
Schremp said that the company’s ability to provide greater bandwidth is critical to customers’ use and enjoyment of the Internet and delivers greater value.
Describing Charter High-Speed Internet Ultra60, officials say that it not only helps a customer download a 4 gigabyte movie approximately 40 times faster than with DSL, but also enables users to multitask more effectively.
Officials claim that users can access multiple stream sources simultaneously to download music, watch a movie trailer, catch up on e-mail or surf the Internet on one screen.
“Speed and reliability are what consumers value most, and we offer the fastest and most reliable speed,” said Marwan Fawaz, Charter’s chief technology officer.
Fawaz said that in addition to select Ultra60 deployments, the company is increasing 16 Mbps service to 20 Mbps nationwide so that the company’s customers can take greater advantage of rapidly growing interactive applications available on the Internet and to help telecommuting workers become even more productive.
Also, the upgrade to 20 Mbps comes automatic for Charter High-Speed Internet Max customers and that too at no additional cost.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan