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February 7, 2013

Mediacom doubles its broadband speeds; 105-meg Internet available throughout southeast Iowa

FAIRFIELD — Mediacom Communications announced today it has doubled the speeds of its fastest broadband Internet service to provide residents in a 10-county area of southeast Iowa with download speeds of 105 mega-bits-per-second. The higher-speed Internet service, Ultra 105, is more than twice as fast as the speeds Mediacom previously launched with the innovative technology known as DOCSIS 3.0.

Mediacom Ultra 105 became available to homes and businesses in an area stretching from Oskaloosa to Keokuk, and including Columbus Junction, Fairfield, Centerville and 25 other communities, following a recent test period by local customers and employees.  The more powerful broadband service gives users the ability to upload data at a speed of 10 Mbps.

Mediacom upgraded its network technology last summer with the elimination of most analog bandwidth. That change, along with a multi-million-dollar investment in new equipment, made it possible to more double the number of high-definition (HD) television channels carried in Mediacom’s local TV lineup, and also boost Internet speeds to keep pace with growing demand from people who stream data to and from the Internet.

“The speed threshold we previously set with Ultra 50 has been very popular, but people use more bandwidth today and have asked for more speed, especially for the needs of simultaneous broadband users within a home or business,” said Mediacom Group Vice President Doug Frank.

“Fortunately, our fiber-based network was built with the ability to scale up to the faster speeds of Ultra 105, and it’s ready for future needs as well,” Frank added.

He explained that requests for faster speeds have come from local business operators, as well as residential customers where multiple people use separate laptops, tablets, gaming consoles and other devices to download entertainment, sports programming, and other data.

The speed boost to Ultra 105 comes on the heels of new data compiled monthly by Netflix in which Mediacom is ranked as one of the county’s six  fastest Internet service providers.

“We earned a Netflix ‘top-6’ ranking for speed performance in both November and December,” Frank said.  “Millions of consumers stream hours of video content every month, and that’s just one example of the bandwidth consumption that increases demand for exceptionally-fast broadband performance like Mediacom’s Ultra 50, and now Ultra 105.”

Frank said a high-definition (HD) movie (6 gigabytes) can be downloaded in just 8 minutes using Mediacom Ultra 105, as compared to the 8.8 hours it would take to download the same movie using a common 1.5 Mbps DSL service from a traditional phone company.  Online streaming for a standard definition (SD) television show needs just 24 seconds of download time using Ultra 105, compared to 26 minutes with the DSL service.

Each Mediacom Ultra 50 or Ultra 105 customer is equipped with a new, more powerful modem configured for the higher Internet speeds.

IMPACT AREA:  Mediacom’s Ultra 105 broadband service recently launched in a 10-county area of southeast Iowa that makes the service available to homes and businesses in the following communities:

Appanoose County:  Centerville

Davis County:  Bloomfield

Monroe County:  Albia (Lovilia customers were part of a similar, Des Moines-based upgrade)

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