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The speeds of two existing high-speed Internet tiers have doubled

Comcast is adding some speed to its Internet services this week at no extra charge to its customers. 
According to the cable and Internet provider, it's doubling the speeds of two of its Internet tiers: Xfinity Blast!, which will go from speeds of 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps, and Extreme 50, which will go from speeds of 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps. 
"More customers are simultaneously connecting to the Internet through tablets, laptops and smartphones within their homes," said Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Data and Communications Services at Comcast. "Whether it's to stream movies, upload photos, video chat with family and friends, or catch all of the Olympics action live on their tablets and connected devices, we want to ensure these customers are getting the speeds they need. 
"We will continue to increase speeds as customer demands evolve. Comcast is committed to providing our customers with even more choices to get the best, fastest and most reliable experience possible."
Comcast also announced its latest Internet plan, Xfinity Platinum Internet. This new addition features download speeds of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps as well as free Xfinity Signature Support.
The two existing tiers will double their speeds this week at no extra charge while Xfinity Platinum Internet will launch in certain Northeast markets like Boston, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, New Jersey and Wilmington. 

Source: Comcast

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I'm paying for 8mbps...
By villageidiotintern on 7/26/2012 5:13:47 PM , Rating: 2
...and just got 22 down and 5 up on the last speed test I performed so I am happy. Thank you Comcast. I never thought I would ever say that.

RE: I'm paying for 8mbps...
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/26/2012 8:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like powerboost

RE: I'm paying for 8mbps...
By Schadenfroh on 7/27/2012 6:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
That is all Comcast landlines are pulling these days?

I get 34 down and 17.5 up on 4G Verizon Wireless while tethered (grandfathered unlimited data plan).

But, you guys probably have my 110ms ping beat by a long shot.

RE: I'm paying for 8mbps...
By mindless1 on 8/11/2012 5:27:32 AM , Rating: 2
They limit low tier accounts to encourage people to pay more for premium services. Doesn't really matter to me, I get under 22 down and always find that either internet congestion or the other end is the limitation. Speedtests mean squat.

RE: I'm paying for 8mbps...
By icrf on 8/1/2012 8:21:51 AM , Rating: 2
Here in Chattanooga where they have 30 Mbit symmetric municipal fiber to compete with at the low end, their official low end has been 25 down, 5 up for a couple years, which I routinely sustained (not powerboost).

The speed increase is great.......
By PitViper007 on 7/26/2012 2:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
But are they keeping their caps the same? If so then everyone that gets the speed increase is just going to hit their caps that much quicker, assuming they download at the same frequency that they do now.

RE: The speed increase is great.......
By tecknurd on 8/7/2012 6:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not all servers or web sites have enough bandwidth to serve people with a high bandwidth. There are limits. People download illegally are the ones are going to reach their limit. Others will not because their usage will be just about the same. The only difference is 1080p content from Netflix or Hulu will be able to be done smoother than before.

Over the years from using Cox and their speed increases, my habits have not change too much. The total bandwidth used has stayed about the same even though the bandwidth increased during those years. When I heard about Hulu in 2007, my bandwidth usage has increased. Also when I found Revision3 a few years ago, the bandwidth usage increased more. The more bandwidth just provide more options, but I doubt higher bandwidth relates to more bandwidth usage. With more bandwidth, you will spend more time with better options compared to before. If you have aggressive downloading habits, then that will affect your cap more.

By PitViper007 on 8/8/2012 11:51:38 AM , Rating: 3
To a point I agree with you. However, there are services out now, that either weren't available just a few years ago, or weren't in the "mainstream". Case in point, I recently dropped my cable subscription in favor of online streaming services. With 3 TV's in the house, at any one time I could have up to 3 different streams coming into the house, all over the same pipe. That's just for TV. Factor in normal web usage, streaming audio, etc., and my usage HAS gone up. Luckily, my ISP doesn't have caps, and I have a relatively decent download speed of 25Mbps. All this is from legit services. I agree that illegal downloads probably do take up the lion's share of bandwidth, but streaming services quickly add to your total usage.

By mindless1 on 8/11/2012 5:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
Except that if people then pick 1080p content because it'll d/l smooth for realtime viewing, they are using more bandwidth.

People ARE using more bandwidth today, you are an exception to that if yours hasn't changed since 2007.

I don't know about anyone else but...
By dsquare86 on 7/26/2012 6:12:31 AM , Rating: 2
I don't have the Blast, am only supposed to be getting about 12 down and regularly see about 20-24 down even during peak hours.

By augiem on 8/1/2012 8:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if I have blast or not but I see the same results as you on the 12mb plan.

What about the bandwith limit?
By WildWoofie on 7/27/2012 2:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
I was a Comcast customer for years and one thing that bothered me was that they have a 250gb bandwidth limit per month, at least in my area. So these higher speeds just means you could reach that limit much faster now.
I have a friend that went over his limit twice and Comcast just dropped him like a stone and he wasn't allowed to return as a customer for a year if I remember correctly.
250gb is a LOT of internet useage but with streaming video and multiple users in your household it seems easier to reach every day!

By acortez on 7/30/2012 2:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
The Google service sounds great but realistically there is a limit to the number of providers you can have on a pole.
Just not enough space to get much more than two unless you have 40ft poles everywhere.

By tecknurd on 8/7/2012 5:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
I have Cox and there is no sense of a cap. Cox does have a cap, but they only enforce the cap if it is absolutely necessary. Eventually Google will have to add a cap because it cost money to maintain networks.

The caps relates to maintenance costs because companies have figure out that the total amount data their devices can handle is related to its life span. Complaining that there should be no caps does not work. I agree that caps are bad, but it can not happen unless you are willing to pay more for connection and every else's connection.

Try asking about Business plans. The caps for these probably has no caps or much higher cap. If you get a Business plan with no caps, then you can start complaining that you have to go with a Business plan for no caps.

By Vidmo on 7/27/2012 9:49:42 AM , Rating: 2
Comcast is doubling the speeds of two of its existing Internet speed tiers in certain Comcast markets at no additional cost.

They didn't raise it here in Denver.

One more pipe comment
By TheJian on 7/29/2012 1:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
Look at HULU taking a gander at requiring you to PROVE you have CABLE or SAT in order to get their service. This is where netflix etc are headed if we don't get a google/apple/MS pipe option shortly. They will buy any service we like and force you to show you have cable to use it.

Umm, isn't the point of HULU/Netflix account to DUMP CABLE TV? If HULU does this, HULU is out of business. What is the point if I can't cancel cable? What for someone to keep trying to buy Netflix also for this same reason. Revision3 got bought by Discovery also. I'd say this is a move in the say direction. Kill those rebel channels. This is all big media's idea of how to win the next war for your money. If they kill all other options we're back to square ONE. Paying $120 to them for crap service and 20 spanish channels most of us don't need...LOL (among other garbage I have no interest in).

that's funny....
By ZaethDekar on 7/29/2012 1:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
Was paying 73 a month through Comcast for internet then it just went up to 83 a month... But my internet is the same speed as before.

When I called them up to ask why I received no good answer... such as "this is just what happens sometimes." "I'm not sure why this is an issue." "I don't think anything is wrong with your account." When I talked to a manager they said if I can't afford it I should cut back on spending else where.

This has nothing to do with being able to afford the change, I just wanted to get an answer on why it changed. So I think I'll be switching to frontier as that has just as good of options where I live.

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