Mediacom just got done bumping their standard speeds for most users pushing their 8 Mbps tier to 12 Mbps, and their 10 Mbps tier to 15 Mbps. Things should get faster shortly: the company told those who tuned in to their third quarter earnings conference call that they'd be launching DOCSIS 3.0 service in eleven new markets starting in December. Mediacom isn't saying which markets those will be, but they did say that nine of the markets would see 50 Mbps speeds, while two of them would be seeing 100 Mbps speeds (no word on prices or upstream speeds). Mediacom hopes to have about 25% of their network upgraded to the faster speeds by the end of the year, and has an additional 25% of their network "DOCSIS 3.0 headend-capable" for expanded launches in 2010.
The 20G cap isn't as onerous as Comcast and some of the other providers. Its more like they charge for their service by traffic moved instead of instantaneous speed. It actually sounds pretty fair to me, since their initial prices are pretty low -- especially for 100M/100M service.
Doing some algebra on their bundles, I come up with a basic price of $40/mo. for 100M/100M service with a 20GB/mo. cap. While that cap is very low, it would suffice for probably 75% of users who just surf and email with an occasional download.
If you want to get more transport on a temporary basis, just keep downloading and they'll charge you $0.50/GB for transport over 20GB/mo. For what my provider charges for 100M/100M service, I would receive 129GB/mo. for the same price ($94.50/mo.) under their plan. That would serve my needs nearly 100% of the time.
All in all, I'd like to see a little lower price per GB for the add-on, but I think their model is fine. Users who want more can have as much as they want without fear of being cut off or having their speed cut. But prices remain low for occasional users. It's the best of both worlds.
Then there are those of us who use 150+ GB per month on a regular basis, for which 50Â¢ per GB would be rather ridiculous...
To be fair, they do offer other tiers, including 100G limit for $75/mo. and 300G for $155/mo. Their tiers are approx. $0.40/GB incremental over the basic rate, so you get $0.10/GB discount for "pre-purchasing" your expected usage.
If you are a 150G user every month, you could opt for the 100G plan for $75 and plan to spend $25/mo. in overages each month for a total bill of $100/mo. Pretty good for a 100M/100M connection! Even better -- if you do not reach the 150G cap, you save money in those months.
I dunno but it seems like a pretty fair pricing scheme.
Here's the thing: my usage varies between maybe 75GB per month and 175 GB per month. Average usage is probably around 120GB. Now, all things considered, my bill would tend to be below $100 per month, but with MeidaCom offering an unlimited-use plan for less than that...well, you get the picture.
I don't doubt that there's a reason why the per-GB costs and overages are high like that; it isn't all that cheap bringing bandwidth out beyond large cities. However if Lisco is offering 100 Mbps service I'd think they have at least 200Mbits of committed bandwidth, and at those commits you're looking at 20Â¢ per GB at most...assuming people actually use their connections. Yes, the speed is awesome, but you run into the problem of being unable to use that speed due to caps.
20Â¢ per GB when purchased in quantity? Fine. 40-50Â¢? Nope.
If you`re paying over 100 bucks a month, a freaking premium price, you sure as heck better not be capped on fiber. There is absolutely no reason for them to charge such an insane amount per gigabyte and institute such insanely low caps. There`s nothing logical or `ok` about it. Jeezus.
Wow, I checked out their web site. Those prices and speeds are what the goal in America should be, but aren't. Good for them!
Oh, there's the cap. Ick...
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congrats mediacom. your starting to do it right. when you unleash these new tiers you need to bump up the slowest speeds too. -- tmodns.net speedtest result 11/5/09 - 2996kbps sbcglobal.net speedtest result 11/5/09 - 5256kbps
These news releases are waste if they are still going to treat the Internet as a one-way, pre-21st century medium. These days I upload almost as much as I download. would rather they do 10/10, 20/20 and 30/30 as tiers instead of 100/4, 50/2. >10 Mbps becomes almost useless without upload.
If it is DOCSIS 3.0 I would think that 50/10 and 100/20 would be offered.
It's hillarious to see how close their usage policy is to HughesNet's, albeit with MUCH higher speeds and MUCH higher caps.
Was looking at the packages offered and things appear to not be quite so bad as at first. 30GB extra is available for $10 extra. For another $25 you get 50GB extra. $80 more gets you another 200GB. $80 on top of that gets another 200GB, and $200 more gets you another 500GB, for 1TB total.
Put another way, your pricing per GB is similar to that of a maxed-out T1, but you have a 100Mbps pipe to pull the bits down by. Yes, 40Â¢ per GB is rather steep for fiber-based service, but it's better than $1 per GB.
I downgraded my comcast internet service 6 months ago from the $42.00 4 m/b service to the basic $25.00 1 m/b. What you need to realize is that all web pages are capped at around 1 m/b load time, having a faster interent service isn't going to make them load any faster the max. I can also stream video and play online games without any noticable differences. Download speeds are slower, I now download at 100kb a sec, where at I was downloading at 300kb to 350kb before, but for the amount of downloading I do, it's not worth it to me to pay $15 more a month. Don't fall for all the hype, do youself a favor and don't spend more than you have to for service.