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August 13, 2010

Cox Launches 50/5 Internet Speeds in Connecticut with DOCSIS 3.0

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Cox Communications has launched Cox (News - Alert) Ultimate Internet for residential and business customers in Connecticut, powered by DOCSIS 3.0 technology.

Officials with Cox said that the Ultimate Tier allows for download speeds of 50 Mbps and upload speeds of 5 Mbps (up to 55/5 with PowerBoost).

In addition, comapny officials claim that the download speed is the fastest available in the area, which considerably improves online gaming and streaming video experiences, among other benefits.

"The technology powering Cox Ultimate Internet – DOCSIS 3.0 – is the pinnacle of internet speed and reliability," said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications New England, in a statement.

Studley said that the advantages are significant for Connecticut residents and businesses sharing vast amounts of multimedia content everyday.

Heavy users include those active in online gaming communities, those who download and upload large quantities of photos and videos, and consumers who rely on the internet for video entertainment, including streaming HD content.

Company officials said that businesses would also see a benefit from Cox Ultimate Internet, especially those with significant multimedia sharing requirements.

Along with the increased speeds, Cox's residential Ultimate Internet provides customers three unique IP addresses, 10 e-mail addresses, and 50 hours per month of remote dial access (with the ability to purchase extra hours).

The third generation of cable's DOCSIS service introduces channel bonding, a technology that can bond parallel cable channels to transmit data at faster speeds.  

Those speeds are further enhanced with PowerBoost, a cable-exclusive technology that provides an extra burst of speed when it's needed.

Cox plans to offer DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in more than two-thirds of its systems across the country by the end of 2010.

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

Edited by Stefania Viscusi