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Time Warner Cable Does Something Right, Promises To Speed Up Internet In L.A.

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Frustrated with your Internet speed? You may be in luck. Internet speeds are about to double for Time Warner Cable premium customers in Los Angeles, and the company's lowest tier will get an upgrade too, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Time Warner is boosting its Web service from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second for "Ultimate" service customers in L.A. -- without bumping the price. The service is listed at $75 per month.

L.A. isn't the only city getting a boost -- New York City and Hawaii will be upgraded by the end of the year, according to the Times. Why the jump in speed? Households are increasingly using multiple devices to connect to the Internet, using them for high-bandwidth activities like downloading and streaming movies and TV shows, said Steve Cook, Time Warner Cable's head of residential Internet.

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The higher-speed service rolled out in Kansas City, Mo. and Kan. last December. Time Warner Cable is also replacing its cheapest Internet option with a faster and lower-priced offering. Gone will be the days of the $19-a-month "Lite" tier, replaced by a two megabits per second service for $15 a month. Customers can switch to that option come Nov. 4.

Now, if only they could work on their set-up time. Then maybe Patrick Stewart and William Shatner wouldn't rage.