Cablevision Plan Puts an End to Bandwidth Bogeyman

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Cablevision Plan Puts an End to Bandwidth Bogeyman

WASHINGTON - Today, Cablevision announced plans to offer download speeds of
101Mbps and upload speeds of 15Mbps beginning May 11. According to news
reports, the New York-based cable company will not impose usage caps or
overage fees on this new service.

S. Derek Turner, research director of Free Press, issued the following statement:

"We are encouraged by Cablevision's plan to set a new high-speed bar
of service for the cable industry. If they will actually deliver the
speeds and unlimited capacity they advertise, this is a long overdue
step in the right direction.

"It does, however, beg the question why Cablevision can offer fast
access with reportedly no caps or overage fees, when others claim such
a plan would cause the sky to fall and an exaflood to break the
Internet. We hope this new announcement will put an end to the
bandwidth bogeyman.

"We also encourage companies like Cablevision to think about the
other part of the value equation -- price. These days, lower prices are
just as important as faster speeds."

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