Comcast Turns Up DOCSIS 3.1 in Utah

Touts promotional price of $70/month for 1-Gig in areas where Comcast tangles with Google Fiber
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Taking aim at Google Fiber and CenturyLink Communications, Comcast said it is launching a 1-Gig (downstream) service in Utah that rides on its DOCSIS 3.1-based HFC network.

Comcast said the 1-Gig service there will sell for $159.95 without a contract but will also test two “promotional prices” in certain areas that require a one-year contract -- $70 per month in Salt Lake City, Provo and North Ogden, and $109.99 per month in other parts of the state.

Notably, Comcast tangles with Google Fiber, which sells a symmetrical 1-Gig service for $70 per month, in Salt Lake City and Provo. CenturyLink offers a gigabit service for $79.99 to about 100,000 homes and businesses in the state, according to The Salt Lake City Tribune.

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Per its latest 1-Gig deployment map, Comcast has launched D3.1-based broadband in Detroit, Mich.; Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Indiana; Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago; Atlanta; and Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Miami, Fla. Markets on deck for launches include California (San Francisco/Bay Area and San Jose); Kansas City; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle, Wash.

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A Comcast official told the paper that today’s launch in Utah marked the first time the operator has deployed D3.1 across its full footprint in the state.

On a more targeted basis, Comcast has also been selling Gigabit Pro, a symmetrical (and pricier) 2 Gbps residential broadband service that uses fiber-to-the-premises technologies.  That’s now available across the bulk of Comcast’s footprint.