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This article was published on April 13, 2015

Time Warner Cable makes its internet six times faster in Charlotte in response to Google Fiber

Time Warner Cable makes its internet six times faster in Charlotte in response to Google Fiber
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A little bit of competition can go a long way.

After Google announced it would bring its Fiber Gigabit internet service to Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable is fighting back by making its fastest internet service in the region six times faster for no extra cost.

The speed increases per plan tier are as follows:

  • Standard: 15Mbps to 50Mbps
  • Extreme: 30Mbps to 200Mbps
  • Ultimate: 50Mbps to 300Mbps

Unfortunately, the change only applies to the Charlotte Area. As much as we’d like to think Time Warner is simply speeding up connections out of good will, it’s a clear move to prevent too many customers from moving over to Google’s offering – though the speeds are nowhere near Google’s 1000 Mbps.

Still, it’s a free upgrade, so we can’t complain. Now I’ll just wait until Google announces Fiber in my area so I can get a free speed upgrade from my cable company too.

Google Fiber plans expansion, then TWC makes speeds six times faster [Ars Technica]