November 19, 2014
Mediacom Business: We got gigabit too
The feeding frenzy over companies announcing gigabit services has been building to a fever pitch this year with the likes of AT&T, Grande Communications, Google Fiber, Suddenlink Communications, TDS Telecom, CenturyLink, Bright House Networks, Atlantic Broadband, Comporium, Midcontinent Communications, and Cox Communications announcing plans to have 1-Gigabit services available in parts of their respective service areas.
Cable operators have been quick to point out that they’ve been offering gigabit services on the business services side for sometime now. Such is the case with Mediacom Business, which first started offering fiber-based gigabit services back in 2007 before renaming the platform “Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions” in the summer of 2013.
What sets Mediacom Business’ gigabit services apart from most of the pack is the rural markets where it’s providing the faster speeds. Speaking at a meeting of the Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) earlier this month, Mark Finch, senior director, Mediacom Business, said his company had over 5,000 fiber route miles already in service in Iowa. The Iowa network connects more than 2,500 locations, according to Finch.
All told, Mediacom Business has approximately 20,000 fiber route miles in its 22 state footprint serving businesses, schools and hospitals in rural areas across the heartland.
“While companies like Google are making promises to build these networks in large metropolitan areas, Mediacom Business’ fiber-optic network is already in place right here in Iowa. We’re delivering speeds of one Gigabit and beyond to business customers of every size over our proprietary, fiber-optic network,” Finch said to mayors from 20 cities in the Des Moines area who were in attendance at the conference, along with numerous Iowa legislators.
Finch said Mediacom’s Ethernet-based gigabit services attracted IT companies, web developers, call centers and data centers to the state of Iowa. As opposed to T1 lines, Ethernet gigabit services are scalable, which means Mediacom Business’ customers can increase the speeds, up to 10 gigabits, as their bandwidth needs increase.
Mediacom Business, the commercial services division of Mediacom Communications, offers point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services to business. The Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions platform is monitored and managed 24/7 in Mediacom’s Des Moines, Iowa, network operations center (NOC).