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Leaked Memo: New Cablevision Speeds Arrive July 15
Basic (15 Mbps), Ultra50 (50 Mbps) and Ultra 101 (101 Mbps) Only Tiers
by Karl Bode 05:36PM Wednesday Jul 10 2013 Tipped by tmpchaos See Profile
Back in June insiders hinted at a suite of new free speed upgrades for Cablevision's Optimum Online users, and now an internal memo confirms the changes are right around the corner. According to a memo circulating among employees, July 15 appears to be the official date when Cablevision will formally introduce the upgrades. As noted previously, the changes will result in Optimum offering just three tiers: Basic (15 Mbps), Ultra 50 (50 Mbps) and Ultra 101 (101 Mbps).

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To reiterate the changes more precisely, Optimum Online Basic will be seeing a speed bump from 15/2 to 15/5 Mbps. Optimum Online Boost Plus is being renamed as Optimum Ultra 50, with the top speed of 50 Mbps staying the same, but the upstream side being nudged from 8 Mbps to 25 Mbps.

Optimum Ultra is being bumped from 101/15Mbps to 101/35Mbps, and the company appears to be eliminating the $300 installation fee. The company's Optimum Online Boost tier will be eliminated. Here's what Cablevision's Optimum Online tiers should look like next week:

•Standard "Basic" OOL - 15 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up.
•Ultra50 (formally Boost+) - 50 Mbps down, 25 up.
•Ultra101 (formally Ultra) - 101 Mbps down, 35 Mbps up.

There's some interesting language at the bottom of the memo that I assume could be a mistake, given it seems to suggest that a large swath of customers will be receiving Ultra101 at no additional cost:
quote:
Residential Boost or Boost Plus legacy customers (paying $9.95 to $14.95 per month) will receive the Ultra 101 service tier. There is no additional cost to these customers. Residential non-legacy Boost and Boost Plus customers will receive the Ultra 50 tier of service.
Cablevision obviously won't comment on rumor, so we'll have to wait until next week's official launch for more specifics. Pricing also wasn't mention in the memo, though from what I've heard previously pricing will be on par with current offerings and under some circumstances may be lower.

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tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5

is there a cap or overage?

?
What prevents one account from sharing/reselling the wifi auto sign ons ID's

FreeBSDuser

join:2013-05-15
Somers, NY

Re: is there a cap or overage?

CV does not have data caps, but I don't know about preventing the sharing of IDs.

Amoris692001
This thread is worthless without pics
Premium
join:2003-08-18
Brooklyn, NY
kudos:1
I believe it's limited to 5 devices. I guess you could sell it to 5 people but you would need to provide your online login (username and password) that is used to initially buy service.

Good luck with that
Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

...

When I called to ask about this after reading the original story, I was told that current Boost users would keep the same speed and pricing as long as they didn't make any changes to the internet part of their account.
josephf

join:2009-04-26
Reviews:
·VoicePulse

Upgrade Now

Residential Boost or Boost Plus legacy customers (paying $9.95 to $14.95 per month) will receive the Ultra 101 service tier. There is no additional cost to these customers. Residential non-legacy Boost and Boost Plus customers will receive the Ultra 50 tier of service

In that case everyone should upgrade before the 15th and get grandfathered in at current pricing and receive the faster speeds.
yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
kudos:4

$300

Why was there ever a $300 install fee? Seems very steep to setup a DOCSIS modem.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL

Re: $300

Because CV could only afford to have a few people on a node running at 101/15, since they were only bonding three or maybe four downstreams at the time the tier launched. It was to discourage people from signing up...or to get them to help pay for a node split...more than anything else.

Now, with multiple upstreams and 8x4 modems, it's less of an issue.

Though I'm kind of surprised that CV is only bonding two upstreams to get those speeds. Comcast is doing two 64QAM upstreams plus a 16QAM one in Denver-area markets and they only sell 20 Mbp sup.
majortom1029

join:2006-10-19
Lindenhurst, NY
kudos:1

Re: $300

said by iansltx:

Because CV could only afford to have a few people on a node running at 101/15, since they were only bonding three or maybe four downstreams at the time the tier launched. It was to discourage people from signing up...or to get them to help pay for a node split...more than anything else.

Now, with multiple upstreams and 8x4 modems, it's less of an issue.

Though I'm kind of surprised that CV is only bonding two upstreams to get those speeds. Comcast is doing two 64QAM upstreams plus a 16QAM one in Denver-area markets and they only sell 20 Mbp sup.

Cablevision was doing 30/5 on docsis 2 when Comcast started deploying docsis 3.
iansltx

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

1 recommendation

Re: $300

Yep. And they were running things so tight that in many cases people weren't seeing 30 Mbps speeds on the download side.

Oleg
Premium
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Birmingham, AL
kudos:2
I'll pass. 10Mbits is good enough to download Warez

dvd536
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Premium
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Phoenix, AZ
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said by yyzlhr:

Why was there ever a $300 install fee? Seems very steep to setup a DOCSIS modem.

"because we can"
call it the "so you want the best" tax.
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etaadmin

join:2002-01-17
Dallas, TX
kudos:1

Two 64 QAM

Only two 64 QAM (3.2 or 6.4 MHz wide) channels for 25 and 35 Mbps upstream?

If true then DOCSIS3.0 is looking better and better can't wait for DOCSIS3.1

SoCalDude

join:2008-07-30
Ventura Co.

FIOS needs an upgrade now

Cable companies are now starting to have 50Mbps as their mainstream speed tier. Back when FIOS quantum just came out, it looked great, not so much anymore. Verizon needs to show us why FTTH is superior.

intok

join:2012-03-15

Re: FIOS needs an upgrade now

Yeah, FTTH should have only one consumer teir, symmetrical 1Gbps.

With buisness class starting at 10Gbps and going up to 400Gbps »Researchers Speed Fiber Lines Up Significantly
jasondean

join:2009-08-28
Brooklyn, NY

I wish I could switch...

A TWC offers two plans lower than the lowest Optimum. One plan at $45 for same down but slower upstream. Two middle tiers for $10 or $20 more and still slower upstream than Optimus lowest plan. And finally their highest tier which equals in downstream only with no option for a 100Mbps speed.

I guess TWC either doesn't read what's said about them or they don't care. One damn good reason I hope TWC doesn't buy Optimum.

Will someone please offer true competition????

meeeeeeeeee

join:2003-07-13
Newburgh, NY

Leak? Leak?

Not that Snowden again.... I miss OOL, wish I had it available where I live.

KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK

Finally, an ISP that gives decent UPLOAD

With those uploads, you can finally stream HD 1080p up at good framerates.

Many ISP's are giving decent download speeds but squeezing upload so that the connection remains less useful.
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cowbawx

join:2002-03-04
Lawrence, NY
kudos:1

My Modem Was Just Upgraded

I now have 50/25, I have Boost Plus. I now have a bonded upstream channel.
SniperCS

join:2005-09-11
Lawrence, NY

Yay Upload Speed Increase

Looks like they started this roll out sooner than it states.


tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

Small fluff.. ? One speed test does not make a trend, but it looks like 25 upstream will only have ~ 2 or 3 megabits fluff. Verizon's is currently 10-15.

Maybe Verizon could bump the entry level tier and since the fluff on other tiers still beats (upstream) or matches(downstream) Ultra tiers.

Tradewind
Ultra 101
Premium
join:2005-11-08
Marlboro, NJ

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

New upload speeds already here.


tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

the 101 ultra tier priced at $110?

TamaraB
Question The Current Paradigm
Premium
join:2000-11-08
Da Bronx
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
·Clearwire Wireless

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

said by tmc8080:

the 101 ultra tier priced at $110?

Ultra business priced at $89.99 for my first year, then $114.00 thereafter




Just saw the upload speed boost today.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

pricing for residential 101 is 54.90 + 55 = $110 (subtract upto $20 if part of a 2x or 3x bundle)
that is until new pricing is revealed.

TamaraB
Question The Current Paradigm
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Da Bronx
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
·Clearwire Wireless

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

said by tmc8080:

pricing for residential 101 is 54.90 + 55 = $110 (subtract upto $20 if part of a 2x or 3x bundle)
that is until new pricing is revealed.

Well, I just got my first bill. It was indeed $89.99. That's for Ultra business with one fixed IP. No bundles. I upgraded from boost+ residential at $69.99 to Ultra business under some promotion they were running which zeroed out the $300.00 install fee. It was a bargain upgrade for $20.00 more. In a year, I will be paying $114.00. That's for the ultra business with one fixed IP. The best part of this is their business tech support is 24/7 and you get through to a human right away. It's certainly worth the extra $4.00.

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Forsaken77

@optonline.net

Re: Yay Upload Speed Increase

Their residential tech support is 24/7 also fyi. Its always been that way for as long as I can remember.

dvd536
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Premium
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Phoenix, AZ
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Cablevision

nice to see them throwing a bone on the upstream
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Rojo

join:2009-04-14
New York, NY
kudos:1

Re: Cablevision

said by dvd536:

nice to see them throwing a bone on the upstream

Tripling the upload speed at no extra charge is hardly a 'bone'.

TamaraB
Question The Current Paradigm
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Da Bronx
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·Optimum Online
·Clearwire Wireless

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said by dvd536:

nice to see them throwing a bone on the upstream

Big fat juicy bone with meat on it though


Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Too bad..

..that they ditched Optimum West to Charter. Looks like we'll be stuck with 15/2 (Speedboost 30/5) forever without hopes of faster upstream.

*sigh* Well, it's better than CenturyLink any day.
zephiK

join:2009-10-01

Re: Too bad..

I'm on Boost+ and got the 25 Upload yesterday.... rebooted the modem today and I'm a boost+ user and getting Ultra 101 speeds!!

»www.speedtest.net/my-result/2832480889

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: Too bad..

said by zephiK:

I'm on Boost+ and got the 25 Upload yesterday.... rebooted the modem today and I'm a boost+ user and getting Ultra 101 speeds!!

»www.speedtest.net/my-result/2832480889

..which we will never see (ex-Optimum West customers).

psilocybin

join:2007-07-19
Monroe, NY

Internet

Ultra user here with no bonded up yet, I'm jealous of you guys.
Rojo

join:2009-04-14
New York, NY
kudos:1

Re: Internet

Check again on July 15th.
rconaway8

join:2005-11-10
Phoenix, AZ

Keeping the sheep fooled

The problem is that 90% of the users never need more than 7Mbps. This way they get to keep charging more money when they know for a fact, it won't cause them to need or pay for more bandwidth on the back end. What about just making a good quality 10Mbps for around $20-$25 with no caps, no bundling required, no contracts, and see what happens. That' sufficient for HD video and pretty much anything else. Considering that 25% of the population in the United States is considering in poverty, there has to be huge market for that level service.

•••

Anon18

@verizon.net

Upstream Bonding

A reboot of my DOCSIS 3 ARRIS just now gave me an additional upstream channel (there is bonding). However, I still have 50x8 on BOOST+. Guess they haven't rolled out the new config files yet?

woohoooptim

@tmodns.net

Free Speed

All residential accounts on boost plus are now 101/25 no charge!!!

MOSFET

join:2002-09-29
Garfield, NJ

Optimum is now CHARTER

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Did anyone else notice that Optimum is now CHARTER when they log into their Optimum account???

QueensRR

@verizon.net

Re: Optimum is now CHARTER

Yeah, if your in the west coast. Former Bresnan customers..

If you look at the title page, it says "Optimum West"
happy4ya
Premium
join:2004-10-31
West Babylon, NY
kudos:1

Nice speeds

Can't argue with these speeds.

DaveNYC

@rbitech.net

Re: Nice speeds




Loving this

Mrlorider

@cablevision.com
Your "PING" is way too high Happy

OOLSpeeder

@cv.net

Press Release

»www.bloomberg.com/article/2013-0···cZg.html