Comcast Completes DOCSIS 3.0 Upgrade In Chicagoland


Comcast has completed the DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade across systems in the Chicago market, including northwest Indiana, a project it began in December 2008.

Nationwide, Comcast said last month that it had deployed the next-generation cable-modem technology to nearly 50% of its footprint, and subsequently upped its year-end rollout target to 80% of homes and businesses passed, representing 40 million premises.

Comcast offers "wideband" services in markets including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, parts of Connecticut, Fort Wayne, parts of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, the Twin Cities and Seattle.

The operator offers two new residential tiers through DOCSIS 3.0: Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed for $99.95 per month (bundled with cable TV service); and Ultra, offering up to 22/5 Mbps for $62.95 per month (also the bundled price).

In addition, Comcast also is increasing speeds for most of its existing customers, doubling Performance tier speeds to 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up, and upgrading Performance Plus customers to the Blast! tier, doubling download speeds to up to 16 Mbps and providing up to 2 Mbps of upload speed.