Mediacom is the fifth-largest cable internet provider in the U.S. based on the total number of TV subscribers.
Mediacom was founded in 1995 by Italian-American billionaire, Rocco B. Commisso.
Since 2011, founder Rocco B. Commisso has retained sole ownership of Mediacom Communications Corporation.
Mediacom offers cable and internet services in 22 states, with its largest networks operating in Iowa and Illinois.
Overview of Mediacom‘s Services
Mediacom Cable is a large cable Internet provider that’s been active since 1995. Mediacom is currently focused on Internet service delivered over their coaxial cable and fiber-based networks, and also offers digital TV and phone, and home security services in 22 states.
Mediacom Cable Availability
As of 2022, Mediacom Cable offer service to a population of 6.6 million in Iowa, Illinois, Georgia, and 19 other states. Some of the top cities included in the Mediacom service area are Des Moines, Springfield, Columbus, and Albany. As a cable provider, Mediacom tends to offer the most coverage in urban and suburban areas. Customers in Mediacom service cities may be unable to access Mediacom if they live far outside the urban center, where DSL providers like AT&T and CenturLink are more common.
Mediacom Cable Network
As a cable provider, Mediacom delivers service over coaxial cable lines for the “last mile” between their local fiber lines or offices and subscriber addresses. These coaxial lines have their origin in cable TV service and are widely used today for broadband Internet.
Mediacom’s cable network is commonly compared to other wired options, namely fiber and DSL. DSL uses phone lines for the last mile, while fiber services uses advanced fiber-optic lines designed for digital data. In general, fiber is the fastest and DSL is the slowest, so Mediacom’s cable is commonly seen as a middle-of-the-road option that provides good value for money. Mediacom’s network backbone is fiber based, and they currently mostly use coaxial within neighborhoods in close proximity to subscribers.
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Mediacom Cable’s Availability for Low-Income Customers
Mediacom Cable makes low-cost plans available by participating in the Connect2Compete program via the nonprofit group EveryoneOn. This program offers cost assistance for wired home internet access to Mediacom Cable’s footprint residents who have school-aged children in the K-12 range. The purpose of this program is to provide online access to children for educational purposes and to help close the digital divide, a key issue receiving attention from the Federal Communications Commission in in 2022.
Customers must already participate in a free or reduced-price school lunch program to prove eligibility for these plans.
Mediacom Cable Ratings
Among the 9,198 customer reviews we’ve collected for Mediacom, the company earned a42.7 percent approval rating, with reviewers indicating that they would recommend Mediacom Internet and bundled services for price to value as of 2022. While this rating doesn’t look strong at a glance, the figures are normal in the context of the consumer broadband industry, which currently holds an overall average provider rating of 48.4 percent.
Mediacom Cable Ownership
Mediacom Cable is privately owned, although it was formerly traded publicly before going private in 2011. The company operates through two subsidiaries: Mediacom LLC and Mediacom Broadband LLC. The company is based in Blooming Grove, New York.
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