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Mediacom unveils 305-Meg internet to Cedar Rapids

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One of the largest cable and internet providers is taking your internet experience to top speeds.

On Tuesday, Mediacom unveiled it's 305 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband service to eastern Iowa, the company's fastest-ever internet speed.

Mediacom's new Ultra 305 nearly triples the previous top speed of 105 Mbps.

JR Walden, Mediacom's senior vice president for technology says in an effort to bring new and innovative things to the T.V. and communications world, Cedar Rapids is one of their "crowned jewels."

"Cedar Rapids is one of the largest communities that Mediacom services, and it's very important to us," said Walden.

Joe Snitker, a Cedar Rapids resident can still remember the days when the first dial-up internet was released.

"It wasn't nearly as fast as it is today," said Snitker. "Most videos were either downloaded and wasn't real time, now its click a button."

The long minutes and lengthy hours of streaming or downloading video for Snitker was something he thought would last forever.

However, in today's world many of us want things fast and at our fingertips.

Much of the midwest including Iowa is said to be in last place when it comes to the broadband race, but with Mediacom's new Ultra 305, we're certainly not left behind.

Currently there are download speeds of 50 Mbps-105 Mbps.

With this new speed, 98-percent of their residential customers companywide will be able download full HD movies in less than a minute.

"Great opportunity for the community to say look, we're not being left behind, we're not on the wrong side of the digital divide," said Walden.

Mediacom says everything is set and ready to go, and they do plan to expand this for all their customers.

Six Cedar Rapids-area communities will also gain the new speed including Marion, Hiawatha, Bertram, Fairfax and Toddville.

"Having this level of speed is important for more than just the access to broadband, it can help with economic development and information access," said Iowa Utilities Board member, Nick Wagner.

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