RCN Corp. launched its MegaModem Mach 20 service in Falls Church, Va., and Woburn, Mass., capping downstream speeds at a lofty 20 Mbps.
On April 1, the company plans to extend the service to the remainder of the D.C. metro area as well as in Natick and West Roxbury, Mass. RCN will then roll it out on a staggered basis throughout the rest of its markets.
MegaModem Mach 20 delivers data at up to 20 Mbps downstream and up to 2 Mbps upstream. The top downstream data rate offered by RCN prior to this was 10 Mbps.
RCN is positioning its new service as faster than all available DSL, faster than most cable services in its operating area, and less costly – when taken in a bundle – than Verizon’s FiOS platform.
That bundle includes RCN’s unlimited local phone with calling features, full basic cable TV and 20 Mbps service for $129.99. A fatter bundle with unlimited local and long distance phone, digital cable with five premium channels, and the 20 Mbps data service, is $174.99.