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.