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Comcast 50Mbps data hits 20% coverage

updated 02:40 pm EST, Thu December 11, 2008

Comcast 50Mbps at 20pc

Comcast today said that its DOCSIS 3 Internet access has reached about 20 percent of its coverage areas in less than a year through expansion into three new areas. Subscribers in particular areas of Atlanta, Balitmore and Chicago now have the option of using the faster, channel-bonded access with either a 50Mbps Extreme tier with 10Mbps uploads or an in-between 22Mbps Ultra tier with 5Mbps upstream.

As with the first wave of expansions, existing subscribers will also have their bandwidth roughly doubled for free, jumping from 6Mbps and 8Mbps downstream to 12Mbps and 16Mbps respectively. Both upload at about 2Mbps. All of the different speed options carry the same 250GB hard transfer cap.

Reaching the 20 percent mark matches a goal Comcast had set for itself on the launch of DOCSIS 3, which should reach the majority of its users by the end of 2009. The upgrades are largely considered essential both to cope with the added strain of HD video online as well as to compete against Verizon's fiber-optic FIOS service, which also peaks at 50Mbps. [via BBR]

by MacNN Staff



  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Slow uploads...

    Be aware that Comcast has really limited upload speeds. What used to be marketed as an 8 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload package now has its upload speed capped at 768 kbps -- noticeably slower than the typical DSL 896 kbps upload speed.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Man, none of my DSL options ever offered anything better than 768 up.

    But since the above specifically states 10MB upload, I would think they wouldn't go off capping it then at 768.

    And have you called Comcast about your lack of upload speed and how they lied to you in their marketing materials?

    Luckily for me I have FIOS in my area, and I don't have to deal with the thieves and incompetents at Comcast.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon is lame too

    Yes, Comcast sucks in a lot of respects (customer service especially). But, the big 'V' is no better either (please remember they are the phone company and have been s******* over people for 100 years). Just ask the person at my work that scheduled a DSL install 3 times just to have no one show up.

    I stuck with Comcast for 3 reasons:

    1. Regional service has been good (outages few)
    2. There is no advantageous price difference. Both cost about the same for similar services.
    3. I really don't fancy someone digging up my lawn to install it.

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