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Ohio's Buckeye Cable has been sending users this notice
informing them that they'll be paying higher rates for broadband starting September 1. Several of the hikes will be significant -- users on the company's 7 Mbps plan will be paying as much as $7 more each month. The company notes that this is just their third rate hike on broadband services in their fourteen years of operation, though that doesn't include hikes on TV and other services or hardware, or the fact Buckeye implemented usage caps last year
Rather amusingly, Buckeye takes the opportunity to blame their rate hikes on services like Netflix that have traditionally helped drive customers to faster broadband services in the first place.
Says the company:
Recently, Internet use has again expanded dramatically, meeting a whole new range of our entertainment needs through streaming video. Just two websites – Netflix and YouTube – now account for 1/2 of all Internet traffic on our network, and they continue to consume more and more. These Internet giants, and others like them, have made billions of dollars building the websites you enjoy, yet our federal government’s position on “net neutrality” allows them to contribute nothing to companies like ours, while we must expand our network to carry their traffic.
As noted, Buckeye has caps that already drive users to more expensive tiers if they're extremely heavy users, so complaining that Netflix is forcing another
rate hike on everyone
is nonsensical. Judging from the response to the rate hikes in the forum section of this local paper
, Buckeye customers aren't particularly amused.
Ohio's Buckeye Cable has launched a new 110 Mbps downstream, 5 Mbps upstream tier
in portions of Ohio and Michigan. That speed won't come cheap; the company's charging $180 a month for customers who subscribe to Buckeye’s video or phone services and $10 more for subscribers who don't. According to the company, they'll be adding more 110 Mbps communities in the coming months. Buckeye might be familiar to some readers as the company back in 2002 worked in conjunction with the FBI to bust several users who'd tinkered with their downstream caps
, resulting in controversial home equipment raids.
Ohio's Buckeye Cable, known only to many of you as the cable company that once set the FBI on cable modem uncappers
-- has upgraded their top broadband speed to 30 Mbps downstream according to the company website
(also check out our user reviews
for Buckeye Cable). The company also has issued an announcement
that they're the first U.S. MSO to begin testing a new IPTV platform by Bigband Networks. Bigband's vIP PASS service allows carriers to bypass the CMTS by delivering DOCSIS IP video streams through edge QAMs (OK?). According to Light Reading
, Buckeye will launch a six-month trial in July they expect will include about 500 users.
User tater_gunz writes in: "Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that Toledo-based Buckeye Cablesystem has just announced a new 20Mbps/1.5 Mbps Buckeye Express ("BEX") tier." The addition would come just seven months after the carrier announced their $80 (unbundled) 12Mbps tier
. According to the Buckeye website
, the new tier is arriving December 8 . The tier is only being offered to "VIP" (video, internet and phone) bundle customers for an additional $10 to whatever they're paying now (see VIP pdf
). Buckeye has also been hinting to the press that DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade announcements should be coming shortly.
drops me a line this afternoon to note that Buckeye Cable in Ohio has started offering a new 12Mbps/1Mbps tier
for $70 a month if you bundle. Apparently the upgrades hit user modems in late April, but the new speed wasn't official until May 1. You might recall I wrote about them back in 2002
for their efforts to prosecute modem uncappers. The 12Mbps speed is likely a competitive response to AT&T's U-Verse VDSL service, launched in Ohio last June.
Though we've already discussed
that most cable operators will be following Comcast's lead on DOCSIS 3.0 deployments (hey, who'll ever need a 50-100Mbps connection anyway, right?), Light Reading
has a bit more detail on deployments by Cox and Rogers. Cox does appear set to offer asymmetrical pre-cert DOCSIS 3.0 later this year in areas where it faces competition (read: FiOS). Canadian operator Rogers, without FiOS to nudge them along, won't be deploying the technology until 2009 or 2010. Toledo, based Buckeye CableSystem (you might recall them from when they waged war
against modem uncappers back in 2002) jokes that they're "waiting as fast as we can on this."
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