Comcast Rolls Out 50Mbit Service

October 22, 2008 by
Filed under: DAILY Dose of PC News 

According to a PC Magazine article today, Comcast began rolling out a 50Mbits/s “wideband” internet service. This news comes just weeks after Comcast announced they would put a cap of 250gb on their users’ internet downloads.

In the next few weeks, Boston, Philly, New Jersey and southern New Hampshire will begin receiving the new wideband service. It’s currently available in Minneapolis where Comcast launched the service earlier in the year as a test area.

According to the article, “wideband, also known as DOCSIS 3.0, will be available in two tiers for residential customers: Ultra and Extreme 50. Those with Ultra will get up to 22 Mbits/s of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed for $62.95 per month. With Extreme 50, customers will get up to 50 Mbps of downstream and 10 Mbps of upstream for $139.95 per month.”

“Wideband is a game-changer for the industry,” Mitch Bowling, senior VP of Comcast said in a statement. “With wideband running over our next-generation fiber-optic network, we can greatly enhance our customers’ online experience immediately. And these speeds are only a preview of what’s to come—wideband will provide the capability of delivering dramatically faster speeds in excess of 160 Mbps in the future.”

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