Comcast to roll out faster Internet speeds

By on October 22, 2008, 6:34 PM
The U.S. may be lagging behind in the global race for broadband Internet speeds, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear positive signs of development every now and then. Today we hear that Comcast is increasing its Internet bandwidth options for consumers, offering two new high-end tiers with 22Mbps and 50Mbps speeds.

Comcast claims the 50Mbps service will enable users to download a 6 GB HD movie in about 16 minutes, a standard-def movie (2 GB) in about 5 minutes and a standard-def TV show (300 MB) in a matter of seconds – that is, of course, provided the user has not exceeded its 250 GB/month bandwidth limit and his connection has not been slowed down for being an “excessive downloader.”

The new service brings Comcast up to speed with rival Verizon, which already offers speeds of up to 50Mbps with its FiOS Internet service for about $140 a month. Comcast’s “Extreme 50” plan (50Mbps down, 10Mbps up) will cost $139.95 a month for residential users, whereas the “Ultra 22” (22Mbps down, 5Mbps up) will be available for $62.95 a month. The company will also increase speeds for most existing residential customers at no extra cost.




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TimeParadoX said:
I got restricted bandwidth in the past by Roadrunner, it was the most annoying experience I ever had. Could you ever break the 250GB/month bandwidth from just playing games and occasionally downloading some rapidshare stuff?
Poertner_1274 said:
I haven't run a bandwidth manager in a long time, but 250GB sure sounds like an aweful lot. However if you stream movies from Netflix, etc. then you might have a better chance of getting to that limit.
9Nails said:
I used to run a small Sven Half-Life server 24x7. I believe I capped it to 8 connections. Of course, my local connection didn't count. It was a fairly popular and busy server. The average bandwidth from that was about 6 Gigs per day. Of course 6 Gigs / day * 7 days a week * 4.3 weeks (average) per month = 180 Gigs a month.So if it's just you playing the game, you're probably fine. You probably have room for YouTube and some on-demand TV video. But get a few of you at home doing the same thing and it would be questionable.
captain828 said:
wow, I'm paying $30 for 20mbps... and there's business internet for $80 with 40mbpsand both unlimited to traffic...
Wendig0 said:
Who is that through Captain828? My ISP options are very limited. Hopefully soon Verizon will be available in my area. Until then I am limited to a measly 1.5mbps down through a very lazy and extremely large phone company (I won't mention the name lest some of you work for them).
Wendig0 said:
Who is that through Captain828? My ISP options are very limited. Hopefully soon Verizon will be available in my area. Until then I am limited to a measly 1.5mbps down through a very lazy and extremely large phone company (I won't mention the name lest some of you work for them).
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