What's New: Comcast Rolling Out 50-Mbit Service

Comcast will continue rolling out a "wideband" 50-Mbit service to residential and business customers, and plans to double the speeds of existing customers. New markets include Boston, southern New Hampshire, and areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul, where it was launched earlier this year.

The new service will be available in two speeds, 22 Mbps download/5 Mbps upload, and a faster 50/10 offering. Pricing will be $62.95 and $139.95, and about $50 more for business customers (if available). Comcast expect to be able to deliver 100 to 160 Mbps service in the future.

Comcast also plans to double speeds for existing customers, to 12 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload.

The irony is that many web sites cannot deliver content that quickly unless they are located in a fast data center, so users may not see all of that speed increase. It will be more apparent, though, as multiple computers use the home's Internet connection.

Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 11:15 am CDT

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