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Cox announces Internet speed increase in Fredericksburg

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Some Cox customers in the Fredericksburg region are receiving an automatic Internet speed increase at no additional cost, said Cox Virginia Tuesday.

Customers on the Ultimate Tier plan will now have speeds as fast as 150 Mbps throughout Northern Virginia, allowing them to download a full length movie in just one minute.

In a release, the Internet provider said that online usage doubles every two years and that families now use more than six internet-connected devices in the average home.

The increased speeds come on the heels of the company’s announced plans to offer gigabit speeds in markets across the country by the end of 2016.

“Cox is committed to continuing to invest in our network and product capabilities so you can connect to what you care about,” said J.D. Myers, II, Cox’s market vice president for Northern Virginia in a release. “Providing more speed is especially important in today’s connected world where more and more devices are connected through their WiFi network in a home. We continue to invest in our network to bring our customers the best online experience possible.”

To find out more, or to see if you will benefit from the speed increase, look here.

The largest internet providers in Fredericksburg include Cox, Comcast and Verizon.

Comcast offered a similar increase, free of charge, to current customers in the Fredericksburg area in April. Two tiers of its Internet service increased downloading speeds, from 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps, and 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps.

In 2012, Verizon offered area residents an increase to similar speeds for a slight fee increase.

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