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Altice Pushes Gigabit Broadband to Additional Markets

Altice (the foreign owner of both Cablevision and Suddenlink) today announced that the company would be expanding its gigabit broadband services into four additional Suddenlink markets. According to Altice, customers in Batesville and El Dorado, Arkansas; Maryville, Missouri; and Conroe, Texas all have access to the company’s DOCSIS 3.0-based gigabit service. Users in those markets are also being informed that the company’s 75 Mbps and 100 Mbps tiers are being bumped to 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps, respectively.

Altice Pushes Gigabit Broadband To Additional Markets
The upgrades are part of the company’s continuation of upgrades that had already been underway at Suddenlink before Altice acquired the company.

“Today’s announcement is the next step in Altice USA’s Operation GigaSpeed initiative to provide gigabit broadband service to our Suddenlink customers,” the company said of the announcement. “We are pleased that Suddenlink’s ultra-fast gigabit service is now available in all of the neighborhoods and to all of the households and businesses we serve throughout these four new ‘Gig Cities’.”

Users in our forums1 say they’re being told this service is 1 Gbps down, 50 Mbps up, costs $110 a month (plus a $35 technician/install fee) and comes with a 550 GB monthly cap. While Suddenlink imposes usage caps, Altice-owned Cablevision does not — and the company hasn’t indicated whether they’ll be applying caps company wide as the two ISPs are integrated. The DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades at Suddenlink will ultimately give way to full fiber to the home service.

Altice announced late last year2 that the company would be skipping DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades and instead upgrading the majority of its existing Suddenlink and Cablevision customers to full fiber to the home service.

Indications are that the first customers to see these upgrades will likely be in New York3 sometime later this year.

References

  1. ^ forums (www.dslreports.com)
  2. ^ announced late last year (www.dslreports.com)
  3. ^ New York (www.dslreports.com)