Mediacom continued its quest to become the first U.S. cable operator to convert its HFC-based network entirely to DOCSIS 3.1 by the end of 2017, setting up 1 Gbps services in its 20-county Indiana footprint. Mediacom isn’t the first operator to reach Indiana with DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig services-Comcast announced in late-May that it’s $140-a-month DOCSIS 3.1 product was available in the state. However, the state’s dominant MSO still isn’t advertising its 1-gig product in key areas like Indianapolis.
Mediacom representatives didn’t immediately respond to inquiries on pricing for their 1-gig offering, but the operator has also priced its services at $140 a month in markets in which it has previously deployed DOCSIS 3.1
“Mediacom has invested over $8 billion of private capital in its national network to ensure that the hardworking people living in America’s smaller cities and towns can access world-class communications services,” said Todd Curtis, group VP of Mediacom’s Lincoln Region, in a statement. “We want the people and businesses of Indiana to succeed, and that is why we are thrilled to be able to offer ultrafast gigabit internet services across the entirety of our Hoosier State service territory.”
“In today’s global economy, access to high-quality, high-speed broadband is critical to driving local economic growth,” added Indiana Rep. Dave Ober, chair of the House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, also speaking in Mediacom’s press release. “Thanks to Mediacom’s efforts to make gigabit broadband available in the smaller rural markets it serves, communities across northern Indiana will have access to the same or better broadband speeds as America’s largest cities.”