Optimum Cuts Speeds for Broadband in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven Counties

New Optimum customers will see dramatically slower options for service in July, when the company will cut the upload speeds for its lowest-cost tier by 86 percent – from 35 megabytes per second to 5. Optimum – the primary service provider in 16 municipalities in Fairfield and New Haven counties, and 8 more around Litchfield – told ARS Technica that the reduced upload speeds on its cable network service will bring the company’s offerings in line with other internet providers. But critics say it’s just a ploy to push customers into higher-cost tiers. Burt Cohen, the state Broadband Policy Coordinator,