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On Wednesday, Comcast confirmed what I reported earlier: new tiers and new pricing. Comcast's press release indicates that in the next few weeks they will roll out what they call "wideband" to the Boston Metropolitan region and Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey.
They will also be in the Twin Cities were Comcast rolled out wideband on a trial basis earlier this year.
Wideband is Cisco's name for downstream channel bonded pre-cert DOCSIS 3.0 gear. This is part of Comcast's move to provide DOCSIS 3.0 service nationwide by 2010,
Comcast expects to reach more than 10 major markets and pass nearly 10 million homes and businesses in the next several months.
The new tiers will be as I indicated earlier:
Economy: Unchanged at $24.95 for 768 kbps down/384 kbps up.
Performance: 6/1 Mbps will now get 12/2 Mbps for $42.95 a month.
Performance Plus: 8/2 Mbps will get 16/2 for $52.95 a month.
Ultra: 22/5 Mbps for $62.95 a month. (Will update to 30/5 Mbps.)
Extreme Fifty: 50/10 Mbps for $139.95
However, these new tiers will still be subject to Comcast's previously announced 250 GB monthly cap, and to their new throttling practices. Oh, well, you win some ...
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Does anyone know if one could potentially watch steaming HDTV on 50 mbps?
Originally posted by Ian McLean
Yes, with regard to bandwidth, you could watch streaming HDTV-quality video on 5 Mbps.
It's more about quality of service (constant throughput of data without dropout or lag), and of course, commercial desirability of providing such a service, than it is about bandwidth.
Originally posted by Lecter
I have their 16mb package, when I initiate a download it spikes to 26mb and after about 30 seconds drops back to 16mb. I am a heavy newsgroup user and my provider sustains my max transfer of 16mb. I also transfer around 1TB, yes terabyte a month and have not experienced any slowdown from Comcast. As far as websites go mostly file sharing and sites where you buy music from will sustain max transfer speeds.