Charter Rolls DOCSIS 3.1 to Seven More Markets

Charter Communications confirmed that it has launched DOCSIS 3.1 and its new Spectrum Internet Gig offering to seven more markets.

Charter, which launched D3.1 in Oahu a few weeks ago, said it has extended access to more than 8.8 million consumers in systems serving Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Honolulu; Kansas City, Mo; New York City; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio. Notably, that group includes several markets with a Google Fiber presence.

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DSL Reports reported on Charter’s D3.1 expansion earlier this week.

Charter said it will launch D3.1 to more markets in 2018.

Charter’s new cap-free offering, which pairs a downstream that maxes at 1 Gbps with an upstream up to 35 Mbps, is priced at $104.99 per month to new customers. Charter confirmed in the Oahu launch that pricing on it for existing customers with TV service is $114.99 per month, and $124.99 per month without the TV service bundle. Service also comes with a modem with integrated WiFi and a 30-day money back guarantee, the company said then.

In those D3.1-enabled markets, Charter is also doubling minimum downstream internet speed  – from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps at no added cost. That minimum speed tier comes with a 10 Mbps upstream.

“Charter’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network is superior in its ability to deliver fast and reliable internet to millions of consumers across the country,” Tom Rutledge, Charter’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “As technology continues to evolve, the products and services of tomorrow will increasingly rely on faster broadband connections. Charter’s world-class network is best-positioned to deliver the bandwidth and capacity needed to meet these growing demands.”