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Comcast drops hints of 105Mbps Extreme tier

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Tue May 25, 2010

Comcast to more than double speeds soon

Comcast's plans to offer over 100Mbps on its cable Internet access were given away today after one customer posted mention of a new tier on his bill. The appropriately named Extreme 105 would provide 105Mbps downstream and 10Mbps for uploads. It would require a special Arris WBM760 cable modem to get the faster DOCSIS 3.0 speeds.

The DSLReports member's notice said it would cost much more than the existing 50Mbps service, as the access itself would cost $200 a month (versus $116 or less for existing tiers) and would need a $249 install fee. Service could go live as soon as June 1, but support agents haven't been briefed on the new tier and couldn't confirm any of the details.

A 105Mbps upgrade could make Comcast's access the fastest widely available Internet service in the US and would be a symbolic victory over CableVision's 101Mbps, even though the two don't usually overlap. The service could also be a hedge against the possibility of Verizon doubling FiOS speeds to 100Mbps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Oversoul

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good luck people.

    All that speed, and Comcast customers are still capped at 250GB worth of bandwidth a month.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969


    install fee

    For a 250 dollar 'install' fee they better put the cap at unlimited or at the *very* least 1TB worth of data a month.

    Kind of stupid to have that fast speed if all it will do is make you hit that stupid 250GB cap faster. I am glad I moved from a Comcast area to an area that does NOT have Comcast. 30mbps down and 5mbps up for 50 a month and truly unlimited... for now good enough for me.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good for comcast

    I live in a comcast area, and I've always used at&t dsl...the traditional DSL is capped at 6MBPS, but they have a u-verse DSL that goes to 24MBPS.

    I tried to switch to u-verse, and they wanted an install fee. I said no way, I can go to comcast, and I started the cancellation process...finally during the cancellation they decided they could waive the install fee after all.

    I'm happily on 12MBPS u-verse DSL now. In my area at&t is more reliable than comcast, and on top of that, I can't forget that comcast went around to state governments to make it a felony to violate their Terms of Service.

    I don't condone breaking a Terms of Service, but I am not amused by companies lobbying for, and then getting special rights....such as special monopoly terms - which many cable companies negotiated in many areas...and then having law enforcement as their personal contract enforcement, when the rest of society has to live by different rules in terms of enforcing contracts and making business deals.

    That plus at&t allows someone to run a webserver and comcast, last I checked prohibited that.

    Which makes no sense, if your webserver takes 1GB of traffic amonth....thats frankly not very much anyway. Surely they should just let you do whatever you want, within the cap, but...they never quite thought logically.

  1. B9bot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can use that speed for 5 minutes

    105mbs for 5 minutes before they cut you off down to modem speeds again.


    DON'T USE COMCAST!!!!!!!

  1. uucp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    U.S. broadband is a travesty

    In Hong Kong, one can get 100Mbps from HKBN for the equivalent of $13/month, or 1000Mbps for the equivalent of $26/month.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    10 Megabit upload cap? $250 installation fee? $200 a month?

    This sounds like a joke. Maybe they're just suckering in people who have surplus cash and feel the need to "always have the best", where "the best" is equivalent to "the most expensive".

    I'm happy with my DSL. $20 a month. Yes, it doesn't claim a maximum theoretical speed of 105 Megabit. But I'd wager that the typical throughput through my $20 DSL service is comparable to the throughput of this $200 service.... as theoretical maximums are as pointless as they come.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: U.S. broadband is a travesty

    In Hong Kong, one can get 100Mbps from HKBN for the equivalent of $13/month, or 1000Mbps for the equivalent of $26/month.

    And Hong Kong is 1/3rd the size of the US's smallest state, Rhode Island, and has 7 times the population of that state. Thus, it is far easier and cheaper to run internet through the entire area and be able to make a profit at those prices. (And I wonder how much subsidy they got from the gov't to run all those lines, too.)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: $20 DSL

    Jittery, you can't compare apples to oranges here. Your $20 DSL service doesn't offer you the wonderful customer service of Comcast, nor does it give the gambler in you a way to play "Is the internet working now?" games.

    Always on and constant internet is just plain boring. Remember, you get what you pay for!

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