Time Warner Speeds Up
Company follows industry speed shift
Though the company has stayed quiet on the issue, Time Warner intends to make 3Mbps downstream speeds standard beginning October 1. We've been discussing the industry shift toward 3Mbps for quite some time, a migration begun by the nation's largest cable provider, Comcast.
Comcast, Adelphia, Charter, and several other cable providers have chosen to combat the recent bell DSL price reductions with speed increases (for no additional cost); believing the faster speeds make up for the growing difference in price between broadband's two largest competing technologies.
Time Warner and Roadrunner have been conducting network stress tests in the majority of their markets for several months, and users across the country have been reporting the speed increases in our Roadrunner forum (Earthlink/Time Warner customers are likewise included in the new offerings).
"Time Warner Cable is always looking for ways to provide its customers with the best possible value," says Jeff King, a RR executive VP. Naturally if value was really Time Warner's concern, a price reduction would make more sense; the move's primary goal is to keep unsatisfied customers from making the switch to lower priced DSL offerings.