Mediacom is a cable television provider – the fifth largest in the United States. The company delivers TV to its customers over coaxial cable and also uses those cable to carry internet and telephone services. Mediacom cable is also the fifth-largest cable internet provider and the largest Broadband provider in Iowa.
The Mediacom service area is spread out across 22 states but is highly concentrated in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The company started operation in 1995 and it is still owned and run by its founder. Starting off as a private company, the business went public for a while, with its shares traded on the Stock Exchange, but returned to private ownership in 2011. Mediacom’s headquarters are in Blooming Grove, New York.
Mediacom has stronger coverage in urban areas and tends not to extend its network out beyond the suburbs to rural homes. The cable network is delivered to each property via coaxial cable. However, that type of cable only provides the transmission medium for the last stretch of the connection, which goes from the local exchange to the customer’s home. The rest of the network from that exchange back to the offices of Mediacom and the internet access point is run over fiber-optic cable. This is a typical configuration for cable TV networks and is called a hybrid fiber-coaxial network (HFC).
Fiber-optics cable has greater capacity than coaxial cable and it can carry data at much faster speeds. This combination of cables provides much faster service than DSL, which is run over copper telephone wires. However, it is not as fast as networks that are entirely composed of fiber-optic cable.