Comcast confirms new 305 Mbps Internet speed service

A few days ago, there were rumors that Comcast would offer a new faster Internet service with download speeds up to 305 Mbps. Today, the company confirmed those plans along with speeds boosts for previously launched Internet subscription plans.

In a press release today, Comcast said the 305 Mbps speed would be offered to markets in the northeastern portion of the US under the name Xfinity Platinum Internet. Upload speeds for this new tier will be 65 Mbps. That would make it just slightly faster than Verizon's recently launched upper limit of 300 Mbps for downloads and up to 65 Mbps for uploads for its FiOS service. While pricing for the new Comcast service was not announced in the press release, Multichannelnews.com reports that it will cost $299.95 per month.

In addition, Comcast said:" ... Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps)." These new speed increases will come at no additional cost.

On Thursday, Google plans to reveal the first concrete details of its Kansas City-based Google Fiber project. Google is supposed to offer download speeds for residents of that part of the US that are up to 1 Gbps for downloads.

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Google is offering 1Gbps up and down at just $70 a month.

Show just how much of a rip off damn ISPs in the US really are!!

Living in Kansas City. This I don't not care about. Gigabit connection w/ no limit here I come. Comcast can p*** off.

Why do people have service with Comcast anyway? I get the same speeds with my current ISP with no data limit and I pay less than some Comcast customers. Is there literally just no other option in you areas?

I should add that by 'same speeds' I'm not talking about the 300Mbit connection. I'm talking about the average speeds, 25, 50, and 100 Mbits (or whatever your providers tiers are).

KCRic said,
Living in Kansas City. This I don't not care about. Gigabit connection w/ no limit here I come. Comcast can p*** off.

Why do people have service with Comcast anyway? I get the same speeds with my current ISP with no data limit and I pay less than some Comcast customers. Is there literally just no other option in you areas?

I should add that by 'same speeds' I'm not talking about the 300Mbit connection. I'm talking about the average speeds, 25, 50, and 100 Mbits (or whatever your providers tiers are).


I get either CenturyLink or Comcast in Portland. Even though it's an amazing rip off, Comcast has actually been far more easy to work with than QWest or AOL ever were. I will never get over a AOL CSR calling me a idiot and liar about a security issue. Anyway I'd switch if there was a good deal, but I just don't have any issues outside price with Comcast.

I should add that my monthly average is 180-200GB and only ever goes above 250GB whenever I re-install Steam games or during sales.

Will never see these speed as is Comcast still got max speed 16mbps where I live even then not wanting upgrade or at until forced to at least.

2mbps up is paultry in today's standards I actually have business connection no option Can't afford private line internet.

I wonder when the upgrades will roll out for everyone else on Blast and Extreme. I'm on Extreme, and I'd love to have 105 Mbps as an upgrade

LOC said,
I wonder when the upgrades will roll out for everyone else on Blast and Extreme. I'm on Extreme, and I'd love to have 105 Mbps as an upgrade

the article said this week so I'm going to be on phone with Tech support starting Friday!

Dang! I'm on Performance (20-25Mbps) so no speed increase for me. I'm not sure what I'd do with 305Mbps, but 50Mbps would have been nice.

as others have said, pointless as they have a bandwidth cap. but ultimately they are always going to trail fiber optics which is the superior technology. there is a reason fiber is the backbone of the web and not coax cable.

neonspark said,
as others have said, pointless as they have a bandwidth cap. but ultimately they are always going to trail fiber optics which is the superior technology. there is a reason fiber is the backbone of the web and not coax cable.

im sure they do have a pretty decent sized coax network. Im not sure on the facts, but i wouldnt be surprised if its mostly fiber, and they use coax towards the ends of the runs as it would be much cheaper to wire a house or get service to a house that has existing wires with coax instead of fiber and still maintain decent speeds. Dont sleep on coax, its still a very capable tech that can get good speeds.

I am Reid said,

im sure they do have a pretty decent sized coax network. Im not sure on the facts, but i wouldnt be surprised if its mostly fiber, and they use coax towards the ends of the runs as it would be much cheaper to wire a house or get service to a house that has existing wires with coax instead of fiber and still maintain decent speeds. Dont sleep on coax, its still a very capable tech that can get good speeds.

That is exactly what an HFC (hybrid fiber coax) network (such as one that Comcast and other larger cable companies) has been since 2000 - similar in a lot of ways to FTTN (fiber to the node), which xDSL providers deploy commonly today.

FTTP (fiber to the premises) is *still* horrifically pricey - that is why Verizon's debtholders put FIOS deployment to a halt. Also, what in Ned would the average person do with all that bandwidth? I'm a former CHSI Blast customer that dropped back to Performance because I couldn't use all that bandwidth (server issues - not client issues; most servers don't have enough bandwidth to take advantage of *current* CHSI Blast bandwidth tiers, let alone the newly-doubled ones).

I have Blast! in the SF Bay Area, hopefully I'll get a speed increase (though I'm currently getting 30mbps and not 25 as mentioned on the PR).

I have the Blast Package and I'll believe them pushing me from 25 to 50MB down when I see it!! They have yet to push my area into DOCSIS 3.0 and talking to the area manager a few months ago said it be another year before that happened so yeah I don't believe it as of now. Also another issue I have with this news release is what about UPLOAD!?!? I have 25/4 now and I'd love to have 50/10!!!

sava700 said,
I have the Blast Package and I'll believe them pushing me from 25 to 50MB down when I see it!! They have yet to push my area into DOCSIS 3.0 and talking to the area manager a few months ago said it be another year before that happened so yeah I don't believe it as of now. Also another issue I have with this news release is what about UPLOAD!?!? I have 25/4 now and I'd love to have 50/10!!!
Hahaha I have satellite and get 20/15.

Well, I did; then they "fixed it" by limiting us back to 2.5/2.5

Not - it's utterly useless for utterly different reasons.

1. What service available to residences can actually USE that amount of bandwidth - either upstream OR downstream? Can Netflix use it? Or even Verizon's Redbox Instant - now being trialed?

2. It's pricey; Comcast Business Class - which has no caps - is a much cheaper option if you need that sort of bandwidth.

3. The other half of the announcement (double the speed at no increase in price) - is the more useful half. Only the Economy tier, as far as I am aware, doesn't share in the bandwidth doubling.

Chris123NT said,
This service level is utterly useless if it still has a bandwidth limit.

Exactly, or this means is that you can hit your limit faster.

Chris123NT said,
This service level is utterly useless if it still has a bandwidth limit.

This service when taken out as a business class contract has no usage limitations. The only people who would really buy this are buying it as a business class service to start with. And we have a 1 Gig fiber connection from comcast at work and it has no usage limitations either... the only usage limits are on residential customers (any res customer can buy business class too) and that is currently 300GB per month and not even being enforced right now

Tony. said,

Exactly, or this means is that you can hit your limit faster.

You're not going to hit your limit faster. You still have to download 250GB or whatever the limit is before you hit it. A 1GB file is still a 1GB file no matter how you look at it. Just because you're downloading it at 30MB per second doesn't mean you'll hit your limit faster.

nytiger73 said,

You're not going to hit your limit faster. You still have to download 250GB or whatever the limit is before you hit it. A 1GB file is still a 1GB file no matter how you look at it. Just because you're downloading it at 30MB per second doesn't mean you'll hit your limit faster.

I am not sure I get your logic... you have 300GB cap, 300GB at 15Mbit is going to take you 2,730 minutes to hit your cap, at 300Mbit it will take you 136 minutes so you are definatly going to hit the cap "faster" time wise if you download full speed non stop

neufuse said,

I am not sure I get your logic... you have 300GB cap, 300GB at 15Mbit is going to take you 2,730 minutes to hit your cap, at 300Mbit it will take you 136 minutes so you are definatly going to hit the cap "faster" time wise if you download full speed non stop

well yeah if you look at it like that, but honesty with regular speeds people get now you can usually just download whatever you want anyways without factoring in the download time too much, most people can download a large file/files in a decent time as is. Its not like 10-15 years ago when you really had to plan out your download because it might take days. Just because you can download faster doesnt mean you are just going to download GB after GB. You still have to have a reason to download things.