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Release Date: 10/20/2008

New York City area businesses now have a cost-effective alternative to private data networking solutions with the launch of Business Class Ethernet from Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC).   Time Warner Cable will debut this innovation at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo 2008 at the Hilton New York, October 20 through October 22, Time Warner Cable Booth 210.

Business Class Ethernet – which is designed primarily for small- to medium-sized businesses, or those without access to fiber networks – complements TWCBC’s award-winning, carrier-class, fiber-based Ethernet service that is geared to larger enterprise customers.

With Business Class Ethernet, a wide range of New York City area businesses that do not have access to fiber-based network services can now benefit from the speed, convenience and scalability of high-speed Ethernet, which extends the reach and quality of their local area networks (LANs). The service is carried over Time Warner Cable’s hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network as part of TWCBC’s nationwide “Ethernet Everywhere” initiative.

“With Business Class Ethernet, we are bringing our Ethernet expertise to businesses beyond our original target audience of large enterprises,” said Joe DiGeso, Regional Vice President, Time Warner Cable Business Services in New York City. “Now, mid-sized businesses in the New York City area will finally have access to a scalable, cost-effective, high-speed data networking service.”

According to David Hold, Senior Industry Analyst, Network Services, at Current Analysis, Business Class Ethernet enables TWCBC to give mid-sized customers a strong alternative to the legacy services provided by other telecommunications companies.

“Business Class Ethernet changes the game,” said Hold, in part because Carrier Ethernet services usually require fiber to the premises. “It will be a real competitive differentiator for Time Warner Cable as it continues to grow its commercial business.”

TWCBC is a widely-recognized leader in developing Ethernet services and standards. The company was named a 2008 North American Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year in the Services Innovation category by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).

About Business Class Ethernet
Business Class Ethernet, provided over Time Warner Cable’s HFC network, is a private layer 2 networking service that provides bandwidth versatility for customers seeking point-to-point and point-to-multipoint functionality. Its attributes include:

  • Scalability – By providing incremental bandwidth options, with speeds available at 512 Kbps, 1.5Mbps and 2 Mbps symmetrical service, customers can easily migrate to advanced Ethernet options.
  • Affordability – Customers pay a low flat monthly fee that includes all customer premise equipment, thus reducing the total cost of ownership.
  • Easy management – With just a single phone call, customers can authorize and implement a bandwidth upgrade. Also, TWCBC employs round-the-clock network monitoring and 24/7 dedicated customer service.

About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 

Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its data, voice, video and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams.  Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998, offering high-speed Internet service as Road Runner Business Class. Today, it serves more than 280,000 business customers in Time Warner Cable’s 23 divisions.

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