Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cox Adds Dynamic "PowerBoost" for Faster Downloads

Cox Communications introduced an exclusive "PowerBoost" enhancement that will give its cable modem customers a burst when downloading large files. PowerBoost automatically utilizes additional capacity on Cox's local fiber-hybrid network to give customers a speed burst above and beyond their normal speed. The capability leverages Cable Labs' DOCSIS technology to automatically detect when a customer begins a large file download, regardless of file type. It then jumpstarts the download. Speeds will be boosted up to twice as fast for Cox Preferred package customers, and up to 33% faster for Premier customers.

Cox said the new feature is available now in its Northern Virginia system today, and will be launched in Cox markets across the country on a market-by-market basis.