We've already discussed how Cox Communications has been quietly upgrading the speed tiers available to their customers around the country, most recently in Louisiana and Connecticut
. Users in upgraded markets say Cox is now offering the following options: "Starter" at 1 Mbps down, 384 kbps up; "Essential" at 5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up; "Preferred" at 25 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up; "Premier" at 50 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up; and "Ultimate" at 150 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up.
This week Cox officially announced they've brought speed upgrades to Virginia, though they're slightly different from what we've seen in other markets (click to enlarge the Cox-provided graphic to the left).
Cox said that mid-October most Cox Virginia users saw their Essential tiers bumped from 3Mbps/768 kbps to 5 Mbps/1 Mbps. Preferred customers were bumped from 25/2 Mbps to 25/5 Mbps. Premiere customers went from 30/6 Mbps to 50/10 Mbps, while Premiere Plus users went from 60/12 Mbps to 75/15 Mbps.
Cox's graphic suggests that many Ultimate users in Virginia appear "stuck" at 100/20 Mbps for now.
Prices vary by market competition (or the lack thereof). Cox notes users are also receiving free cloud storage. Essential users see 1 GB of cloud storage, Preferred customers see 5 GB of cloud storage, and all the higher tiers get 50 GB of cloud storage.