Cox to ramp up Internet speeds to match rival

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:07 am

Cox Communications will boost its top residential Internet speeds to 1 gigabit per second in Omaha later this year, matching competitor CenturyLink’s top speed here.

The company also will double the speeds of its most popular tiers of Internet service for all of its customers this year, boosting customers with 25 Mbps service to 50 Mbps and those with 50 Mbps to 100 Mpbs. The two tiers represent 70 percent of all Cox’s customers.

Cox officials will be in Omaha on Friday to announce the faster service at the company’s Village Pointe store. Expected to speak are Cox Communications president Pat Esser, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and David Brown, president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. The announcement follows the company’s recent launch here of hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Esser announced Thursday in Phoenix that Omaha, Phoenix and Las Vegas will be the first three cities to see 1-gigabit service from Cox. The provider will roll out the service to all its markets by the end of 2016.

Cox has not said what the service will cost or which neighborhoods will have access first.

Esser said in Phoenix that one of the first sites there to see the service will be a luxury housing development now under construction in Scottsdale, the Arizona Republic reported.

The move will bring Cox’s service up to speed with CenturyLink’s gigabit service, which has been available for a year to residents in a portion of west Omaha, and with Google’s fiber rollout in cities such as the Kansas City metro area; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. Google is also considering expanding the service to the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Republic said.

AT&T in April announced it will bring its 1-gigabit network to 21 metropolitan areas, including Kansas City.

Cox’s largest business customers already can arrange to get access to speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second.

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