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Cable One, Inc.
Type Private
Founded 1997 as Cable ONE
Headquarters United StatesPhoenix, Arizona, USA
Key people Thomas O. Might, President & CEO
Industry Cable TV, Broadband phone, Internet
Products Cable television
Internet
Digital Cable
High-Definition Television
Broadband phone
Revenue $565.9 Million USD (2006)
Owner(s) Washington Post Company
Employees 1,910 (2006)
Website http://www.cableone.net/

Cable ONE is a United States cable service provider and subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, functioning as its own self-contained corporation within its parent company. The company's name and current focus dates back to 1997; prior to that time the company was known as Post-Newsweek Cable.

Cable ONE is the 10th largest cable provider [1] in the USA with most subscribers residing in small rural communities in nineteen midwestern, southern, and western states. As of January 2009, about 699,000 subscribers receive basic service and about 230,000 receive digital video service from Cable ONE. The company offers broadband Internet to over 370,000 subscribers. [2] In May 2006, Cable ONE began a system-by-system launch of its digital telephone service with currently about 94,000 subscribers. [3]

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Service areas

Cable ONE currently provides service in 19 U.S. states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota, and Washington.[4]

Cable Internet service

Beginning in 2007, Cable One introduced a new policy toward their internet service plans. Consumption caps or bandwidth caps were put in place to limit their customers' ability to transfer large amounts of internet data during "peak hours". This policy is enforced between the hours of 12:00 pm and midnight local time for Residential customers. Cable One Residential Preferred customers (5Mbit/s down - 500Kbit/s up) who transfer over 2,250 MB (2.2 GB) downstream (or transfer over 225 MB upstream) will have their service throttled back to 2.5 Mbit/s down – 250 Kbit/s up (half-speed) from 4 p.m to midnight. Full speed will return at midnight. Residential Premium customers (10Mbit/s down - 1Mbit/s up) will also be throttled down to half speed if they exceed 4.5GB down or 450Mb up during the noon to midnight time period. This policy, called High Use is designed to limit unusually high bandwidth usage during "peak hours" and thus limit the possible negative impact to other customers. Excessive Use, defined as greater than 3GB(combined up and downloaded data) for the 5Mbit/s plan, per day, if done over half the days of the billing cycle (one month) can result in action taken to limit bandwidth use. For the 10Mbit/s plan, its 5GB a day combined up and downloaded data. The Excessive Use policy applies to a 24 hour time frame and is not affected by the "peak hours" of noon to midnight. See Cableone's Acceptable Use policy for more detail. [5] Business plans are also offered with greater speed and higher data/bandwidth caps.

Monitoring customers

Cable One conducted NebuAd behavioral targeting tests on approximately 14,000 of its accounts in Alabama for six months beginning in November 2007, unbenownst to those customers who were being tracked.[6] The company replied to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce that this test was covered by its Acceptable Use Policy which it thought obviated any need for contacting the test subjects.[7] Cable One had decided against commercial use of the technology on its systems[7] and today is waiting for "clear rules and boundaries".[8]

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