Consumers in and around the Nashville area have something to get excited about as Comcast has started its advanced consumer trial of DOCSIS 3.1 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) in the Music City.

Interested parties in the Nashville area can choose from one of two options. Those who agree to a 36-month contract will pay $70 per month for a 1Gbps downstream / 35Mbps upstream connection. The rate jumps to $139.95 should you not want to commit to a contract.

In addition to a cheaper rate, the contract plan doesn't come with a restrictive bandwidth cap. Month-to-month users will be subjected to a 1TB cap per billing period which will likely be plenty for the average user (at least, until 4K streaming becomes mainstream).

Comcast, the nation's largest home ISP, began offering its gigabit Internet service to residents in the Atlanta area back in March.

Comcast Regional SVP Doug Guthrie said the capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1 are incredibly exciting and they are proud to be the first to market with a gigabit offering that runs over existing cable infrastructure. Bryan Huddleston, Nashville Technology Council President, said Comcast continues to play a crucial role in the city's development as a high-tech community.

It's worth highlighting the fact that the new service in Nashville is labeled as an advanced consumer trial. As such, it may not initially be offered in every community. Those interested in learning more or checking availability can do so on the Xfinity website.

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