Cox doubling Internet speeds on two biggest plans

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Cox Communications Arizona announced that customers with the company's two most popular Internet plans will see their download speeds double for free by July 31, according to a press release.

Those with the company's "Preferred level" connection will have an increase from 25 to 50 megabits per second, while those with "Premier level" connections will go from 50 to 100 megabits per second. These two packages make up more than 70 percent of Cox's customers.

The announcement comes on the heels of Cox's decision to begin offering gigabit Internet speeds in Phoenix starting in the fall. The company plans on offering the speeds nationwide by 2017.

The increase in speed and new gigabit Internet were both announced after Google announced the possibility of Google Fiber Internet coming the Phoenix area as part of its planned expansion nationwide.

Google Fiber already offers gigabit Internet speeds in the Kansas City and Provo, Utah areas, while Cox is hoping to launch their new product in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Nebraska.

Cox is currently the third largest cable provider in the U.S., with approximately 3 million of the company's customer base being located in the state of Arizona.