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Comcast Speed Upgrades Hit More Markets

Lights Up Faster Tiers In Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle & Colorado
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Following recent upgrades in other markets, Comcast announced this week that it has boosted the speed of three broadband tiers in Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Denver and Colorado Springs.

With the upgrade (hat tip: DSL Reports), Comcast’s “Performance” tier doubles to 50 Mbps (downstream), “Blast” jumps from 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps, and “Extreme” leaps from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps.

Comcast said the speed bumps come at no added cost to customers who lease their modems from the MSO, and that it will notify customers who might need to upgrade their CPE in order to get the faster speeds.

The faster profiles will take effect automatically over the next few days, but customers who want to take advantage of them now can do so by rebooting their modems, the operator said. 

“We want our customers to have a great online experience whether they’re streaming video, posting photos or just checking email,” Eric Schaefer, Comcast’s SVP and GM, data and communications services, said in a statement. “The speed of your Internet service is an important contributing factor to that experience and nationally, we’ve increased our Internet speeds 13 times in the last 12 years. Today, about half of all our customers subscribe to speeds faster than 50 Mbps.”

Comcast also sells a $395.95 per month fiber-based residential service called Extreme 505 (505 Mbps down by 100 Mbps up) in select markets, including its Northeast systems, as well as Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Jacksonville, and south Florida. Comcast is also expected to be an early adopter of DOCSIS 3.1, an emerging platform for HFC networks that can deliver multi-gigabit speeds.

There are hints that Comcast is working on a 1-Gig residential service. Earlier this year, the MSO filed a trademark application for the term “True Gig.”

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