Oh that pesky Google Fiber! Up until Google got into the ISP business, companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable were perfectly happy charging whatever they wanted for less-than-ideal Internet speeds. Comcast recently learned about competition in Atlanta and announced an Internet plan that would eclipse even the speedy offerings from Google shortly after it was revealed that Google Fiber would be coming to town. Now it’s Time Warner Cable’s turn.
It’s incredible how the mere addition of another ISP in a certain area would cause the only established ISP in that area to maybe try a little bit harder to provide excellent service for their customers. It’s almost as if having only one option for a service might be bad for consumers using that service. It seems that there should maybe be some sort of rule that prevents one company from monopolizing an entire service. Sorry, I’ll knock off the snark for now.
The new service – dubbed TWC Maxx – should start rolling out to residential customers in the Charlotte Metropolitan area this summer. Current residential customers will see their Internet speeds boosted significantly – up to six times faster at no extra charge:
The Internet transformation will begin this summer and will include speed increases on TWC residential Internet plans at no additional cost, with customers experiencing increases up to six times faster, depending on their current level of Internet service. For example, customers who subscribe to Standard, formerly up to 15 Mbps, will now receive up to 50 Mbps, customers who subscribe to Extreme, formerly up to 30 Mbps, will now receive up to 200 Mbps; and customers who subscribe to Ultimate, formerly up to 50 Mbps, will receive up to 300 Mbps, at no extra charge.
Faster Internet isn’t the only benefit to TWC Maxx, they’re also touting an improved TV experience – with an enhanced DVR and expanded all digital on-demand library – and “Rock Solid” network reliability.
In all honesty, kudos to TWC for offering improved service. It’s kind of sad that it took a serious competitor in the form of Google Fiber for these improvements to suddenly materialize, but more choices for consumers will always be a good thing.
Are you in the Charlotte area? Are you excited about better Internet options? Will you take TWC up on their offer for the Maxx? Let us know in the comments or on your favorite social media site.