Comcast rumored to launch 305 Mbps Internet tier

In June, Verizon launched a new download speed tier for its FiOS Internet service. The new speed limit was set for 300 Mbps for downloads and up to 65 Mbps for uploads, about twice what the already speedy ISP offered to its subscribers.

Now a new report claims that Comcast is going to launch its own new high speed Internet service that is five Mbps faster than Verizon FiOS. DSLReports.com states, via unnamed sources, that Comcast plans to offer some of its customers a way to get 305 Mbps download speeds. The service will apparently be for Comcast customers who live in areas that are also serviced by Verizon FiOS.

There are no other details yet about this new faster service, other than it is supposed to launch by the end of 2012. There's no word yet as to what the price will be for the 305 Mbps tier. Verizon FIOS's 300 Mbps service is priced at $205 a month. There's also no word on what the upstream speed will be for Comcast's faster service.

Of course, both Verizon FiOS and Comcast's upper speeds should pale in comparison to what Google plans to offer residents in Kansas City soon. The Google Fiber project is supposed to offer download speeds up to 1 Gbps. Google is scheduled to reveal more information at a event next week.

Source: DSLReports.com

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As soon as I got FIOS installed on my home (I live in México) I was getting 50/70 mbps (yes, 70 mbps upload) for as low as $500 pesos per month (~$37.50 USD)

I think my ISP decided it was way too much for all the users and lowered it to 10/3.

Therefore, I cannot think of why in the world I was getting much more upload than download, however I think it was a really good practice as these days I think there are more information being sent than downloaded, download is used much more for everyday website browsing or at most video streaming in HD which does not require that amount of bandwith.

Can't complain much, as the transition from DSL to Fiber Optic is free to everybody under this same ISP (Telmex/Telnor)

TWC here, they recently upgraded my area to DOCSIS3. No caps. For $49 you get 15mbs and soon will offer 30mbs for $?.

For me I download or stream all my TV and use around 500GB a month. For shows I need to download, they typically take around 8 mins for an SD version to complete. Faster is better, but if I had caps, I wouldn't bother. For me 20-30 is the sweet spot.

I see them screwing over the "300" club before long...just watch.

The more speed the better, but I'm happy with my 20-25MB Comcast speed. What I would like is a bit faster upload speed. Right now all I get is around 3MB.

A340600 said,
The more speed the better, but I'm happy with my 20-25MB Comcast speed. What I would like is a bit faster upload speed. Right now all I get is around 3MB.

Consider yourself lucky with 3MBs. Here in Australia, I'm barely able to get 512Kbits/s on my plan. They offer all the speed in the world provided it's download speed. Uploading? You're SOL.

Sranshaft said,
Consider yourself lucky with 3MBs. Here in Australia, I'm barely able to get 512Kbits/s on my plan.
Get a better plan - I consistently get 2.4Mb/s upload (and 116Mb/s download) here in Australia. NBN will do far better.

dvb2000 said,
Get a better plan - I consistently get 2.4Mb/s upload (and 116Mb/s download) here in Australia. NBN will do far better.

But how much are you paying for that 116 / 2.5 connection? Regardless, 2.5 Mbps up is still ridiculous in this day and age where we're starting to see down speeds of over 300 Mbps. I've seen what the NBN "claims" to offer and to be honest, I'm not impressed at all and will most likely stick with Optus' Naked Cable plan.

majortom1981 said,
Does comcast even have 8 channels available just for that speed?

my area has 8 channel bonding already, we've had it for a year now and we have 3 channel upstream bonding... almost all areas on comcast have 4 channel bonding right now that have been DOCSIS3 upgaded which is the majority of the comcast network

the big problem right now is a lot of the DOCSIS3 modems don't support 8 channel bonding, most like the SB6120 is only 4x4 not 8x4

And the speed race continues.

Never mind that no ordinary home user could even BEGIN to use even HALF that sort of speed due to server-end constraints!

I'm a Comcast HSI customer that actually used to have Blast (which has since been replaced with Ultra) and dropped down to Performance due entirely to those same constraints making Blast's additional speed largely a non-factor. However, improvements in CHSI's tiers (and DOCSIS 3-related improvements) alone since have brought me back to my old Blast speeds.

PGHammer said,
And the speed race continues.

Never mind that no ordinary home user could even BEGIN to use even HALF that sort of speed due to server-end constraints!

I'm a Comcast HSI customer that actually used to have Blast (which has since been replaced with Ultra) and dropped down to Performance due entirely to those same constraints making Blast's additional speed largely a non-factor. However, improvements in CHSI's tiers (and DOCSIS 3-related improvements) alone since have brought me back to my old Blast speeds.

Part of the reason you could not find places to use that speed is because Concast oversubscribes there peering points (Google comcast and tata communications), its been proven before that they run there 10Gbit peering links at 100% 24/7 to try to force company's to peer with them directly which has the side effect of causing 500ms+ pings to parts of the internet. With that being said, I find more then enough sites can support my 150Mbit FiOS line and most can also handle 500Mbit+ from my work connection. The fact is however that most people don't need these speeds and unless you are downloading a ton of data all the time its a waste of money. In my case I am moving large files to/from my job so the 150Mbit download, 65Mbit upload and low pings actually helps a lot.

Zippo7 said,

Part of the reason you could not find places to use that speed is because Concast oversubscribes there peering points (Google comcast and tata communications), its been proven before that they run there 10Gbit peering links at 100% 24/7 to try to force company's to peer with them directly which has the side effect of causing 500ms+ pings to parts of the internet. With that being said, I find more then enough sites can support my 150Mbit FiOS line and most can also handle 500Mbit+ from my work connection. The fact is however that most people don't need these speeds and unless you are downloading a ton of data all the time its a waste of money. In my case I am moving large files to/from my job so the 150Mbit download, 65Mbit upload and low pings actually helps a lot.

The road must be built before it can be traveled...

The speed is too much for a home user today, but as speeds increase then new types of applications are developed to utilize those advancements and you get the vicious cycle we have now where internet bandwidth needs continually increase every so often.

I remember when I first got DSL in the late 90s with 1.5Mbps SDSL from Covad Communications. It was wicked fast, especially compared to Dial Up, but many could easily have argued that most people wouldn't need much more than that. Then came the internet video revolution and bandwidth was scarce all over again...

Comcast is doing this because Verizon is already doing this. They can't compete in cities like Philadelphia where both exist otherwise as users will gravitate to the faster connection. FiOS is better for a variety of reasons, but the majority of those can be obscured away with clever marketing and lack of user knowledge. The raw speed number can't be easily hidden away though and needs to be par for the course.

wow.... all I want is a little faster speeds, mostly on upload to my 20/4 package that I pay for now which is way over priced as it is. Crap like this really ****es me off Comcast!!

sava700 said,
wow.... all I want is a little faster speeds, mostly on upload to my 20/4 package that I pay for now which is way over priced as it is. Crap like this really ****es me off Comcast!!
I heard people pay 45$/month and they get the 20/4 service plan... I had to pay 70$/month for that... I just don't know how Comcast know how to cheat

Krome said,
I heard people pay 45$/month and they get the 20/4 service plan... I had to pay 70$/month for that... I just don't know how Comcast know how to cheat

Mine (Comcast) is $40.15 month and I'm getting 35/6 plus basic TV (non-HD). It was a weird special I got in on and it wasn't one that had an discount expiration date. Loving it. I didn't care about the TV as I have Satellite but the internet service price was too good to pass up.

simplezz said,

And shaped traffic. Why would anyone bother?

Comcast isn't traffic shaping, they are monitoring usage... and the limit is 300GB right now

neufuse said,

Comcast isn't traffic shaping, they are monitoring usage... and the limit is 300GB right now

Was joking, big guy.

Kyle said,

Was joking, big guy.

yeah, well those jokes lead to headaches for people like me when I have to explain to comcast users that isn't whats going on...

neufuse said,

Comcast isn't traffic shaping, they are monitoring usage... and the limit is 300GB right now


If they're only monitoring, how can there be a limit?