Comcast Pushes Wireless In Twin Cities


Comcast launched three wireless data service plans in its Minneapolis/St. Paul region under the Xfinity Internet 2go brand, marketing them as add-ons to the core cable-modem service.

The operator resells 4G wireless broadband services provided through its investment in Clearwire, whose other investors include Sprint, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Google and Intel. Comcast also has an agreement to use Sprint's 3G network.

In addition to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Comcast has launched Xfinity
Internet 2go in Independence, Mo., and Olathe, Kan., which are part of
the MSO's Twin Cities operating region.

Comcast positions Xfinity Internet 2go -- previously called High-Speed 2go -- as a mobile extension of wired broadband. The service is available in three packages: "Metro," which provides 4G-only access to Clearwire's WiMax data networks; "Nationwide," which provides access to Sprint's national 3G network; and "Preferred," a combo 4G/3G service that switches between available 4G and 3G networks.

Both the Metro and Nationwide plans are $54.99, when bundled with 12-Mbps home cable-modem service. The Preferred 4G/3G tier is an additional $15 per month.

Comcast began offering the 3G-only plans, which were not part of its original strategy, earlier this year based on customer demand.

In April 2008, Minneapolis/St. Paul became the first market where Comcast deployed DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed service with up to 50 Mbps downstream connectivity.

"Comcast has taken the Twin Cities to the forefront nationally for broadband speeds and deployment. Our launch of the first and only 4G service bundled with the nation's fastest Internet speeds continues that tradition," Comcast Twin Cities senior vice president Bill Wright said in a statement. "Comcast continues to drive innovation in the market whether it's with video, voice, the Internet or now wireless -- all for the ultimate benefit of Twin Cities area customers."