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Cox Offers Faster Speeds
Preferred and Premier tiers both see boosts
by Karl Bode 06:45PM Thursday Sep 24 2009 Tipped by ajwees41 See Profile
On the heels of launching faster DOCSIS 3.0 service and faster 50 Mbps speeds in parts of Rhode Island, Louisiana, Arizona and Northern Virginia, Cox says they're now boosting the speeds of their Preferred and Premier broadband tiers starting September 29. According to Cox, the company's Preferred tier will be increased to 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Their Premier tier will be bumped to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. Both tiers come with Powerboost, which will nudge speeds for the first part of a download or upload to 20/2.5 and 30/3.5, respectively.

Of course Cox is a carrier where all markets are not created equal, and the frequency of your upgrade schedule is entirely proportional to the quality of your local broadband competition. We know these speed hikes apply to Northern Virginia, but if you're in a less competitive market, your mileage may vary. We're trying to get some market by market clarification from Cox as we speak.

Update: "Northern Virginia just happens to be a DOCSIS 3.0 market but the Preferred and Premier speed boots are independent of that fact," Cox spokesperson Gwen Sparks tells us. "Speeds are actually set at the local market so timing of any speed increases varies," she says. "Some Cox markets increased speeds earlier this year and others are launching higher speeds later."

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Time
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join:2003-07-05
Mclean, VA

Quote

"We know these speed hikes apply to Northern Virginia, but if you're in a less competitive market, your mileage may vary."

I suppose that means the Vegas market isn't seeing any speed upgrades, I really hate the lack of competition in this market.

We're still at 12 Mbps on Premier here. Don't get me wrong, it's better than 1.5 Mbps DSL from Embarq - but it's also frustrating when you see OC is getting double your speed for the same monthly rate.

jchambers28

join:2007-05-12
Alma, AR

kansas and arkansas

looks like Kansas and Arkansas will not be getting this. I was told by the local office.

N10Cities
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Fort Smith, AR
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Re: kansas and arkansas

said by jchambers28:

looks like Kansas and Arkansas will not be getting this. I was told by the local office.
Maybe not now, but hopefully later since U-Verse is a competitor in the Ft. Smith/Van Buren area.... although right now, Cox still has U-Verse trounced as far as speeds go....

The way the article is worded, ALL markets will get this increase. Doesn't mention specific markets. The local folks don't usually get their info until the last second...
jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA

Vegas

Vegas should be getting this to... It's a large market that's not very far from Los Angeles. Embarq and Cox have such a stranglehold there. I thought Cox has a higher speed tier there though...
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
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·Comcast

Typos and envy

"Norther" Virginia
15 Mbps down and "2 Mbps"

Typos aside, Cox's speed hikes are quite nice, though they're to be expected for DOCSIS 3.0 areas. That said, upload speeds are crappy across the board compared with Comcast. I'd have to get 50 Mbps down on Cox to get the same upload speed as I have right now on Comcast's mid-level DOCSIS 3 tier. Then again, 22/5 is $75 on Comcast, plus modem rental, whereas 25/3 on Cox is less and doesn't require a DOCSIS 3 modem as far as I can tell.
ajwees41
Premium
join:2002-05-10
Omaha, NE

and ESPN 360

I also saw this »www.cedmagazine.com/News-Cox-Int···409.aspx

it didn't really mention any areas for the speed upgrades.

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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Phoenix, AZ
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Re: and ESPN 360

said by ajwees41:

I also saw this »www.cedmagazine.com/News-Cox-Int···409.aspx

it didn't really mention any areas for the speed upgrades.
ESPN360 aaaaaaaaaaaaaarghhhhhhhh!
get ready for the deeeeeeeep yearly rate hikes on HSI!!!!
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When I gez aju zavateh na nalechoo more new yonooz tonigh molinigh - Ken Lee

tubbynet
reminds me of the danse russe
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downgrade time?

i wonder how many people will be downgrading their service? i wonder how many people will actually know the difference?

i'm currently on premier - but if i'm not using my speed, i have no qualms about downgrading and saving a little coin.

q.
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"...if I in my north room dance naked, grotesquely before my mirror waving my shirt round my head and singing softly to myself..."
ajwees41
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Omaha, NE

Re: downgrade time?

wonder what the powerboost will switch to?

tubbynet
reminds me of the danse russe
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Re: downgrade time?

said by ajwees41:

wonder what the powerboost will switch to?
per the article:

Their Premier tier will be bumped to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. Both tiers come with Powerboost, which will nudge speeds for the first part of a download or upload to 20/2.5 and 30/3.5, respectively.
q.
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"...if I in my north room dance naked, grotesquely before my mirror waving my shirt round my head and singing softly to myself..."
w0kie

join:2001-12-23
Tulsa, OK

1 edit
I downgraded to the Value plan because the other levels became too expensive and it doesn't seem to affect my surfing or email in any way. Uploads are slower but I don't do that very much.
Rob_
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Mary Esther, FL
kudos:1

..and if FIOS never existed?

Would this be happening? I wish we all had FIOS like competition nationwide.
ajwees41
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Omaha, NE

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Re: ..and if FIOS never existed?

well it's going to be happening in Omaha sooner or later and we don't even have Fios just stupid qwest.

Time
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Mclean, VA

Re: ..and if FIOS never existed?

said by ajwees41:

well it's going to be happening in Omaha sooner or later and we don't even have Fios just stupid qwest.
Qwest pumps out higher broadband speeds than *gasp* Embarq.

In some Cox markets, such as those in Florida and Vegas, Cox doesn't even have to sweat knowing it rips the competition to shreds with 12 Mbps. It's especially bad when you consider the fact that Embarq/CenturyLink's idea of "future broadband" is bonded ADSL2 lines.
Rob_
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Re: ..and if FIOS never existed?

that's too damn sad

dvd536
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said by ajwees41:

well it's going to be happening in Omaha sooner or later and we don't even have Fios just stupid qwest.
D3 isn't just about faster speeds but the ability to load nodes even heavier[for havenot areas]
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eric in vega

@zappos.com

screw cox las vegas

no text needed!
Rossco

join:2004-01-05
Pittsburg, KS

I'm In Kansas and I've been getting these speeds...

I'm in Kansas (Southeast Area) and I've been getting 20 Mbps down and around 2-3 Mbps up consistently on the Preferred package for the past 6 months.

I've been paying $44.99 a month for some time, but for 20 Mbps down and 2-3 Mbps up I'm stoked.

Recently there was a week where I had high latency. I was told by the tech that visitied that this was due to a fiber issue and it was statewide. He also told me Cox does plan to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 soon after it is deployed in other areas. Of course, Kansas won't get it first, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were a very short amount of time after its dropped in other areas.

Throughout the 2 years I've had Cox, it has been a good experience.
eric890740

join:2004-08-13
Henderson, NV

Vegas probably won't get it

We get crapped on by Cox so we'll probably get these speeds in 2011
JTS33

join:2003-05-03
USA

Re: Vegas probably won't get it

Is the change automatic for the areas in which this is happening? Or do you have to call to request the faster speeds?
ajwees41
Premium
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Omaha, NE

Re: Vegas probably won't get it

said by JTS33:

Is the change automatic for the areas in which this is happening? Or do you have to call to request the faster speeds?
it doesn't even happen till the end of september.
JTS33

join:2003-05-03
USA

Re: Vegas probably won't get it

said by ajwees41:

said by JTS33:

Is the change automatic for the areas in which this is happening? Or do you have to call to request the faster speeds?
it doesn't even happen till the end of september.
Yes I know (although it is just a few days away). My question was for when it does happen.
ajwees41
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Omaha, NE

Re: Vegas probably won't get it

it should be automatic, but it seems the article should have mentioned if it's all areas or just the D3 areas.
tmc8080

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Brooklyn, NY
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in an ideal competitive environment

docsis 1.x should have been retired for use throughout the US & canada in 2008. speeds under 2.0 & 3.0 should be 15mbits and above with symmetric tiers at entry level. instead, we have companies milking 1.0 / 1.1 at speeds as low a 1mbit down & 384kbit upload for prices north of $30 a month into Q4 2009.

digiblur
Premium
join:2002-06-03
Louisiana

LOL

They can't even get the 10/1 tier working! Talking non powerboost speeds here.

This thread started in Dec2008 says it all...
»[LA] Slow in Baton Rouge 70810
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SouthWest Louisiana PC Users Group »www.swlapcug.com
though

join:2003-12-03
Lincoln, NE

wonder if....

omaha is included in this?????
ajwees41
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Omaha, NE

Re: wonder if....

said by though:

omaha is included in this?????
don't think so just got an email back that they don't have any info on speed increases.

pwrnone

@cox.net

top tier?

I pay for top tier, Premier, in New Orleans, and get 3408.5 kbps as my high speed in the last 30 days of testing.