Cablevision boosts internet speeds enough to make the FCC happy

If you subscribe to Cablevision's standard Optimum Online service, we have good news: you're getting a free upgrade. The company has boosted the download speed on its core internet tier from 15Mbps to 25Mbps, making this basic option much more viable for 4K video and other downstream-heavy tasks. It's not necessarily an altruistic gesture, mind you. That 25Mbps figure conveniently meets the FCC's new minimum definition of broadband -- this may be as much about keeping regulators happy as anything else. Whatever the reason, it'll make a big difference if it saves you from signing up for costlier Ultra access just to get that HBO show just a little bit sooner.

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