Effective yesterday, Liberty Cablevision introduced their new "Internet Extreme" offering. Under the new pricing, all existing subscribers with connections less than 1Mb will be "automatically" bumped up to their new minimum connection speed of 1Mb. According to product literature, they have recently upgraded their cable network to Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 2.0. Put another way, according to ex-Senator Ted Stevens, Liberty Cablevision installed bigger tubes in their Internet.
Due to this upgrade they are now able to offer higher broadband speeds at reduced prices (compared to their previous packages). The following table lists their new packages:
|Download speed||Internet only price|
Now a word to the wise, if you're a Liberty Cablevision Internet subscriber, then I'd check to see if you are benefiting from the new downloads speeds, that is for customers who had connections slower than 1 Mbps.
There any number of sites that offer free testing services to check your connection speed. Two of the more popular sites are Speakeasy Speed Test and Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test. So check out your connection and see if you're getting a result near 1 Mbps.
The reason I recommend checking is because I had to call customer service in order to get my account updated. I was expecting the change to happen automagically, but after waiting patiently for a day and a half, I ended up calling. It was pretty painless, but be prepared because the customer service rep is going to hit you with a cross sell to add the now customary triple pack of Internet, cable television, and VoIP.
All in all, I was pretty happy to receive the good news that I was being upgraded to 1 mbps, for even less then what I was previously paying. After the call earlier today, when I got home in the evening, I rechecked my connection speed and was happy to see that I was actually getting near 1 Mbps. So I congratulate for successfully upgrading their system and offering some more competitive pricing. Now I'm trying to figure out how to convince my wife why it's worth paying $25 for a 3 Mpbs connection. Oddly, the argument "But it's 3 freaking Mbps!" doesn't seem to raise her attention. Hmm, go figure.
Warning: snarky comments imminent! Although I do have to say, it's about freaking time. I think that prior to this change, Liberty had some of the least competitive pricing and service offerings. Now I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but if Liberty Cablevision just upgraded to DOCSIS 2.0, that puts them only 9 years behind the standards. According to Wikipedia, DOCSIS 2.0 was announced in December 2001. In fact, DOCSIS 3.0 was already announced in August of 2006. So that puts us right about where I've said previously, the Internet in Puerto Rico lags about 10 years behind the US, who, by the way, isn't even at the head of the list anymore.
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