Cox Communications at the Cable Show this spring said it planned to start rolling out 1 Gigabit Internet this year, and in May said it was on the way. The Cableco this week announced that Phoenix residents would be the first to have access to the service G1GABLAST — by the end of this month.
Subscribers to the service which will be $70 Cox will offer Internet speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, as well as a high-speed Wi-Fi router, one terabyte of cloud storage, Cox Security Suite and Family Protection, and 10 email boxes each with 15 GB of storage, according to an Oct. 6 news release.
The service will be available in the Phoenix market for $69.99 per month when combined with a service bundles.
Cox said it will deploy in Phoenix, then Las Vegas and Omaha, Neb. this year and says it will begin market-wide deployment of the ultra-high-speed technology by the end of 2016.
CEO Pat Esser told Bloomberg in the Spring that delivering UHS Internet to Cox customers was a serious long-term commitment.
As Cox customers wait to join the 1 Gig Club, Cox said it would begin doubling the speeds on its most popular tiers of Internet service for all customers this year.
Cox High Speed Internet Preferred will increase from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps and Cox High Speed Internet Premier will increase from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. About 70% of all Cox customers are enrolled in those two products.
While there is marked demand from consumers for gigabit Internet speed, the need currently is less certain at least in the near term.
We’re seeing things on the horizon emerging over the next 2-3 years that possibly could be very valuable to some customers and we want to be ready, Essen said.
Cox is being pressed in some of its markets by other providers offering 1 Gig speed. CenturyLink has already begun deployments in Omaha and Phoenix and said it would expand its fiber-based service to more than a dozen additional markets.
Phoenix Cox customers can find out if their neighborhood is in line for the 1 Gig service here.
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