Update – May 13, 2008 – Mediacom officially announced the new broadband tier described in the original May 9th post described below.
Mediacom announced on their quarterly earnings conference call that they will up their maximum broadband tier to 20 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream to 98% of their footprint by June 30th. Mediacom joins a plethora of broadband carriers who are raising broadband speeds, with no end in sight. Mediacom says they do not intend to increase pricing for their max broadband tier which is currently $60/month for 15 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up ($75/month as a standalone service). This broadband speed inflation will certainly continue, especially among cable companies who plan to deploy DOCSIS 3.0. While Mediacom is not using DOCSIS 3.0 for this deployment, Comcast has launched DOCSIS 3.0 already. It promises to dramatically increase broadband speeds and introduce other competitive value adds.