Comcast launches 105Mbit internet

In the United States, internet speed have been seen as driving in the slow lane to some. According to NetIndex, average speed in the United States through 2011 is only 10.89 Mbit. Due to the low speed average, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has recently suggested that they want 100 Mbit connections to 100 million American households by 2020. Today, BizJournals is reporting that Comcast has launched across the board a new speed tier reaching its entire DOCSIS 3 capable market. Comcast has set the bar at 105 Mbit (known as the Extreme 105 tier), which is immediately available to over 40 million houses in the country. This upgrade puts Comcast in direct competition with Verizon FiOS markets, which offer a similar 150 Mbit downstream / 35 Mbit upstream tier in a few select regions.

Recent improvements in the cable providers network has allowed speeds to get as high as 105 Mbit. Comcast, for the past three years, has been diligently working on deploying DOCSIS 3 technology to all of its cable modem termination systems (CMTS). This upgrade allows for up to 8 bonded 6MHz channels to provide up to a maximum of 343 Mbits of download bandwidth to cable modem users.

The price tag for the first year is reasonable for the speed, at $105 dollars. After the first year however, the price jumps up $95 to $200 per month. The price, however, does not include increases to bandwidth usage per month. Comcast confirms that the standard residential user will remain at 250 Gigabytes per month in a soft cap form.

This move makes the FCC's goal of 100 million households by 2020 appear to be within reach.

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These speeds are great but there is no point when there is a 250GB per month transfer cap.

at 13Mbytes a sec download speed it takes a few hours to reach the cap and then whats the point of having such fast (and expensive) internet?

Thank god for FioS!

as i said not long ago, 100m connections will soon be a standard worldwide (except nations with a fanatic politic system)

Comcast... Why must you make a monopoly over internet access?
Comcast... Why must you charge different prices for different speeds?
Comcast... Why must teir and limit your customers?
Comcast... Why are there seperate charges for cable TV, internet and phone if you consider the triple play to be a package deal? Why is there there no real discount for getting the triple play?
Comcast... Why do you only put older movies up for free on On Demand that everyone has seen or are totally uninteresting?
Comcast... Why do you think its fair to continually change your prices and stick your customers with the same services for more money?
Comcast... Why do you stalk your customers when their payment is late if only by a day?
Comcast... Why are you so quick to turn off customers services forcing them to come to your office to pay a reactivation fee before turning services back on?

Comcast... I'm glad I've never done business with you directly and I will avoid it all costs.

What ****es me off about being on Comcast the most is I just got a damn notice that prices were increasing by about $2 more per package. I already pay over $67/month for Blast internet which is only 16/2. They are jacking the price up yet I've not seen these speeds increased on this or any other packages in nearly 2 years!!!! Comcast needs to increase my damn speeds, remove my stupid 250Gig cap and stop raising prices on something that should honestly be cheaper considering all other companies in large rural area's have them set at.

we have limited bandwidth because we are so densely packed together, and if everyone had that same speed and no cap, the network would crash much easier.

I've always wondered why The U.S.A of all countries has such a "limited" network infrastructure.

I completely understand that with a population of a little over 300 million people and a fast growing trend of large bandwidth consumption a large strain is being put on the tier 1-3 internet service providers but as the "creators" of the internet, they should have been better prepared for this.

The goverment should do it's part by implementing more laws to support or even force internet service providers to build larger networks or improve existing networks and provide more bandwidth like many goverments in Europe have done.

Also laws that limit this kind of "capping" should be set in place as it would not be necessary if a lot more money was fed where it's supposed to be.

From my european standpoint this just seems wrong and every time I read about it I feel bad especially for the American and Canadian people who are overcharged for their usage.

blackwit said,
I've always wondered why The U.S.A of all countries has such a "limited" network infrastructure.

I completely understand that with a population of a little over 300 million people and a fast growing trend of large bandwidth consumption a large strain is being put on the tier 1-3 internet service providers but as the "creators" of the internet, they should have been better prepared for this.

The goverment should do it's part by implementing more laws to support or even force internet service providers to build larger networks or improve existing networks and provide more bandwidth like many goverments in Europe have done.

Also laws that limit this kind of "capping" should be set in place as it would not be necessary if a lot more money was fed where it's supposed to be.

From my european standpoint this just seems wrong and every time I read about it I feel bad especially for the American and Canadian people who are overcharged for their usage.

do you realize how big the USA is?

werdwerdus said,

do you realize how big the USA is?

The US is just a small speck on the globe, or, a small region in China/India.

werdwerdus said,

do you realize how big the USA is?

I do indeed and there are a lot of mountainous regions and other areas where laying cable is difficult but it is by NO means an "impossible" task.

I truly think that if internet service providers like Comcast offer speeds such as these (105Mbits) they should stop putting caps like these (250GB/Month) on them because it's totally counter productive (What use is a faster, more expensive connection when you can use it as "much").

Typical, part of the plan to get consumers to pay MORE. It costs Comcast nothing to offer better speeds, capping it ensures more money in long run and charging more for better speeds will just get you there faster.

Price should be $40 to $50 month for 100MB unlimited and they would still make a fortune, but that won't happen because you need to be CONDITIONED to keep on paying more.

Fantastic. Now, if only they weren't out to screw you, you actually got the advertised speed, you actually had a decently reliable uptime, and you weren't going to blow through the cap in moments.

I download ISOs, legally unlike most of other posters, I imagine, but I'd blow through the cap as well. Not to mention a household sharing a connection would easily burst the cap.

jeeze, silly Americans complaining about the price of Internet and a low cap ... try having internet in Canada.

50mbit down/2mbit up with 175gb cap costs $100 ... there is no 100mbit here

timster said,
jeeze, silly Americans complaining about the price of Internet and a low cap ... try having internet in Canada.

50mbit down/2mbit up with 175gb cap costs $100 ... there is no 100mbit here

I currently have 1.5mbit down, 768k up for 50$/mo. I don't wanna hear it.

eu0741924381 said,
in Romania we have 100Mbts/s at 13$/month with unlimited download !

I was about to post the same thing. )

The truth is you need to pay about 25$/month - you have cable and telephony included. )

And it is 100Mbit/s DOWN and close to 100Mbit/s UP if you have peering, a little bit lower outside the country.

And to get the $105 price you probably have to have cable and phone service also so the price is misleading when conditions are set where you have to spend more money to get that price. I can imagine the stand alone price!

I talked to ATT, they're apparently working on a larger UVerse plan that also has a factored bw cap as well. So if you get their enhanced plan the BW cap will scale up. I still hate BW caps, but this 105mbit at 250gb cap is retarded all together.

I moved from Comcast to Verizon FIOS, and never want to go back. Their price isn't cheaper and with the cap at 250Gb/month!!! That is just stupid.

hmm, we have 100 mbit limited plans since at least 5 years already. there is nothing new and special in this. another thing is 100 mbit total unlim. that's a thing we don't have here, but we have some isp offering total unlim of 50 mbit for $30 USD ($50 ID) and some offering unlimited speed with unlimited bandwidth during the night.

LiquidSolstice said,
Wow, you all just got min-trolled by neofuse

the errors where intentional there, someone figured it out at least

Sigh...

$105/MONTH is the promo rate for the first year.
Thereafter, the price is $200/month.
The monthly cap is 250 gigabytes.

"The price tag for the first year is reasonable for the speed, at $105 dollars. After the first year however, the price jumps from $95 to $200 a year. The price, however, does not include increases to bandwidth usage per month. Comcast confirms that the standard residential user will remain at 250 megabytes per month in a soft cap form."

So it starts at $105/year but by year two it's dropped to $95 and gone up to $200? And 250MB/month? Whoever wrote this obviously got a lot of information very wrong.

n_K said,
"The price tag for the first year is reasonable for the speed, at $105 dollars. After the first year however, the price jumps from $95 to $200 a year. The price, however, does not include increases to bandwidth usage per month. Comcast confirms that the standard residential user will remain at 250 megabytes per month in a soft cap form."

the information isn't wrong, just two typos

So it starts at $105/year but by year two it's dropped to $95 and gone up to $200? And 250MB/month? Whoever wrote this obviously got a lot of information very wrong.

I ve a 60 mbit plan with 150 gb and i hardly use 120g, we are 2 on it, lots of wow, minecraft netplay, steam, etc. I jyst dont waste my time dowmloading the Internet, but when i buy a game online i can play it in 10 minutes...

ryoohki said,
I ve a 60 mbit plan with 150 gb and i hardly use 120g, we are 2 on it, lots of wow, minecraft netplay, steam, etc. I jyst dont waste my time dowmloading the Internet, but when i buy a game online i can play it in 10 minutes...
LOL. Only playing a game for 10 minutes?

Isn't that a waste of money? Why not just get the free demo?

XP1 said,
LOL. Only playing a game for 10 minutes?

Isn't that a waste of money? Why not just get the free demo?

.

IN ten minutes, not for ten minutes.

Jen Smith said,
250 *megs* per month? No thanks. Rather have dialup. Burn though that in 10 minutes flat.

indeed, why have that speed if you will hit you monthly cap in a matter of seconds. Hopefully that is a typo

Jen Smith said,
250 *megs* per month? No thanks. Rather have dialup. Burn though that in 10 minutes flat.

I agree, I use over 2 gigs per month on my phone and 85-100 gigs per month at home (at least).

Peter Griffin said,
Hopefully that is a typo

That's got to be, otherwise that's.. well.. Sad. Shoot just doing this month's large Microsoft updates for the systems here at home would have broken that cap several times over, let alone actually doing anything with it. -- Edit - yea, article was just changed to reflect gigs.. still not a fan of the pricing, but at least not an absurd joke now from Comcast.

Jen Smith said,

That's got to be, otherwise that's.. well.. Sad. Shoot just doing this month's large Microsoft updates for the systems here at home would have broken that cap several times over, let alone actually doing anything with it. -- Edit - yea, article was just changed to reflect gigs.. still not a fan of the pricing, but at least not an absurd joke now from Comcast.

250 Gigabytes not megabytes. It's still a lame ceiling for a 105 megabit connection.

Boeing 787 said,
250 Gigabytes not megabytes. It's still a lame ceiling for a 105 megabit connection.

yes, the author fixed the typo then she edited the msg above to show that a few hours ago, but thanks for playing.

Jen Smith said,
250 *megs* per month? No thanks.

$200 per month? no thanks! I see Comcast are jumping on the "greed is good" bandwagon. May they perish for their greed!

dvb2000 said,

$200 per month? no thanks! I see Comcast are jumping on the "greed is good" bandwagon. May they perish for their greed!

They are a company, their goal is to make money, its not a charity. If you dont want to pay for the service you dont have to.

dvb2000 said,

$200 per month? no thanks! I see Comcast are jumping on the "greed is good" bandwagon. May they perish for their greed!

That's ridiculous! Here in Bulgaria I get a 70 mBit connection for about $19 a month (35 leva). And that's with no download cap.

devHead said,

That's ridiculous! Here in Bulgaria I get a 70 mBit connection for about $19 a month (35 leva). And that's with no download cap.


Oh gosh! Here in Malaysia it's around 30 Usd for a 1mbps internet!