Comcast launched next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 in Harrisburg and other portions of central Pennsylvania, offering service up to 50-Mbps downstream and doubling speeds for most existing broadband customers for no additional cost.
Nationwide, Comcast has set a target of deploying DOCSIS 3.0 and offering higher-bandwidth service to 65% of its service area by the end of 2009, representing some 30 million premises passed.
The operator said it has started to roll out the new speeds to residential homes and businesses throughout the communities it serves in central Pennsylvania, including parts of Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon and Centre counties. The faster speeds will be available in other portions of central Pennsylvania in 2010.
With the wideband deployment, Comcast is marketing two new premium speed tiers for its residential and business class customers: Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $139.95 per month (bundled with TV service); and Ultra, 22 Mbps down / 5 Mbps up for $62.95 per month (bundled).
In addition to the new speed tiers, Comcast is doubling speeds for its most popular existing tier: Performance customers will benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds, offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.
"With wideband, we're putting the pedal to the metal and delivering more speed for our customers," said Jim Samaha, senior vice president of Comcast's Central Pennsylvania region, in a statement.
Samaha added that the 50-Mbps service "is just a taste of what's to come - Comcast will bring Internet speeds of 160 Mbps or more in the future. Today's announcement reaffirms our commitment to offer more speed to more customers than any other U.S. Internet service provider."
Customers can check "wideband" availability at www.comcast.com/fastestfast.