Time Warner enters broadband contest

RALEIGH It's launching a 4G network in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro beginning December 1. A company news release said customers could purchase "Internet speeds up to 6 Mbps, the fastest mobile broadband network available."

"We now offer the fastest mobile service available and extend our reach outside the home." said Carol Hevey, Executive Vice President of the Carolina Region for Time Warner Cable.

Access to the 4G network locally - and a 3G network nationally - will cost customers $80 a month. There are less expensive options for customers who bundle with Time Warner's other service or those who choose smaller plans. The company will soon launch similar networks in Dallas and Hawaii.

The new network is offered through Clearwire. Time Warner invested in the company in 2008 along with fellow cable giant Comcast and tech companies Google and Intel.

Comcast is also offering the 4G network in select US cities and is reportedly considering offering mobile TV on cell phones the same way.

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