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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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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.


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