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Time Warner Cable boosting Internet speeds in Los Angeles

Time Warner Cable boosting Internet speeds in Los Angeles
Time Warner Cable's premium customers in Los Angeles will receive higher-speed Internet. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Internet speeds are about to double for Time Warner Cable's premium customers in Los Angeles. 

After first introducing super-speeds in Kansas City, Mo. and Kan., where Time Warner Cable is competing with Google Fiber, the company is increasing its Web service from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second for its "Ultimate" service customers in the L.A. market without increasing prices. The high-end offering is listed at $75 a month.

The upgrade is also rolling out to New York City and Hawaii by the end of the year. The speed-boost comes as households increasingly use multiple devices to connect to the Internet and use it for high-bandwidth activities such as downloading and streaming movies and TV shows, said Steve Cook, Time Warner Cable's head of residential Internet. 

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"These new ultra-fast Internet speeds are designed to satisfy their growing demand to stream, download and connect simultaneously across multiple devices," Cook said in a statement.

The higher-speed service debuted in Kansas City, Mo. and Kan., in December of last year.

The company is also replacing its cheapest offering with a faster, lower-priced option. Time Warner Cable is doing away with its one-megabit-per-second, $19-a-month "Lite" tier, and will instead sell a two Mbps service priced at $15 a month. That option will become available Nov. 4.

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