Comcast increases Internet speeds in 13 Northeastern states

By Shawn Knight
Apr 10, 2014
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  1. Comcast has boosted the Internet speeds for customers in 14 Northeastern states. The announcement came as the cable company answered questions from Congress regarding their pending merger with Time Warner Cable.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Does Comcast still have that 300GB softcap for bandwidth?
  3. Mooseinadesert

    Mooseinadesert TS Rookie Posts: 25   +8

    My internet went up a decent amount.
  4. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 798   +217

    In my area they have no cap for now but say they will put the cap in place at probably 300GB for Blast. As much as I like faster internet I kind of want to slower just to be able to control my bandwidth easier :/ Increasing speeds while keeping the cap the same is just wrong and should not be done.
  5. But Verizon still offers up to 500Mbps for what I would assume to be cheaper prices (If you have Fios in the area) you're talking a few thousand dollars per month vs Verizon's few hundred... With 4G LTE getting so fast, some people simply stick to their free WiFi around town and cell data elsewhere!
  6. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 204   +28

    Who needs 105mps when you already had 50? Just so you can pay more
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Completely agree. I used to have Comcast a few years back and while they did not confront me about going over the cap, I knew it was there and also knew people who were confronted for going over with varying responses from Comcast... I currently have Verizon FIOS and it's been nothing but good to me since switching, but it's time to renegotiate or something.
  8. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 85   +12

    Anyone notice that all internet providers just gave a step up in speed? Oligopoly much?
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    Those are top speeds. In my area of the midwest when my att uverse was down I borrowed a neighbors comcast and it was 1 M in the evening.
  10. mctommy

    mctommy TS Booster Posts: 189   +30

    Regardless of how you see it, it's a duopoly everywhere in the US as you only have 1 choice from DSL provider and 1 choice from Cable provider. In my area, I'm stuck with Comcast since they have the better speed and they know it as they never budge on pricing nor will they give me any deals that others might get.

    300gig cap has been suspended for 3 years now but it's supposed to be back in the future.
  11. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 163   +135

    AT&T hasn't changed their internet speed and don't expect them to anytime in the near future. I work for them so I would know if a speed increase was in the pipeline. So yeah, find a new theory.
  12. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 548   +8

    Ridiculous how monopolized it is in the US, they should not allow the merger to go ahead.

    where I live right now I have the choice between about 6 ISPs, with FTTC (Up to 80meg speed) or 150meg with Virgin FTTP (which I have) or with 4G arriving, I also have the choice of buying a 4G router with 2 mobile service providers right now (EE and Three) with more entering the market soon as more mobile operators roll out 4G. On my phone my 4G speeds tests with the app @ 25meg down, 10 up, which is really good!

    I can get decent speed broadband with nearly 10 providers here!
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 798   +217

    I would love to have choices like that here, where I live there is Comcast or AT&T and AT&T DSL is so slow it is ridiculous. There are Dish companies but they are useless so it really is just Comcast for any reliable or decent speed internet and they are pricey because of that.
  14. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    See what happens perhaps from my complaining? I tried comcast last night and it was a whole 3M download, up from 1M previously in the evening.
  15. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 798   +217

    Well they've upgraded the speed in my area, just checked my speed and it hit 112Mbps, not sure if I am happy about this since the caps are coming :(

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