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Comcast's Pricey 505 Mbps Tier Expands Into New Markets
by Karl Bode 06:19PM Thursday Feb 20 2014
Comcast is getting prepared to expand their 505 Mbps down, 65 Mbps up "Extreme 505" into additional markets. A source tells Multichannel News that Comcast will be launching the ultra-fast tier in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami as soon as next week, followed by a more formal launch in April. It sounds like there's no hard plans to expand from there -- or at least not any worth commenting on:
quote:
Following its initial launch in the northeastern U.S., Comcast is getting ready to launch a fiber-based 505 Mbps (downstream) residential service in select cities in its Central Division a source familiar with the rollout plan said.

Comcast will start to promote the tier, called Extreme 505, in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami as soon as next week, followed by a more formal launch in April, the source said. Comcast said it has “nothing official to announce at this time” when asked about its plans to roll the speedy tier to more markets.
Introduced in last 2012 at 305 Mbps, then bumped to 505 Mbps in late 2013, the service is technically a coaxial/fiber hybrid offering that isn't available to all users in a Comcast territory -- and it isn't cheap. It will run you $300 a month, and last I checked (double checking with Comcast to see what has changed) there's a doozy of an ETF (around $1k), a $250 activation fee and a $250 installation fee.

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tshirt
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Is it HFC or...

...metroE? (the Ethernet could be twisted pair or over coax)

hayabusa3303
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Re: Is it HFC or...

sounds like all glass to me with a heavy ETF fee and the start up cost..
Chubbysumo

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Re: Is it HFC or...

which, in all honesty, if it is all fiber, then a heavy ETF is fine, since even if its hanging, fiber is not cheap, and the price of the service likely is enough to cover the cost of the install after 6 to 8 months. if its still HFC or metroE, then a high ETF is not okay.
smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home

Re: Is it HFC or...

Metro Ethernet is still fiber. So I'm not sure why you say ETF is ok for fiber, but not if it's THAT fiber!

jlivingood
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2 recommendations

It is not DOCSIS-based.
--
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Comcast

lancpaguy

@comcast.net

Re: Is it HFC or...

Agree jlivingood, 305 an 505 speeds are not docsis speeds, it's fiber to the home that everyone wants. Not only does it require specific equipment to be installed, it also requires fiber to be ran to the home. This is why there is such a high connection fee and ETF.

hayabusa3303
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Wow

should be able to hit that cap faster now....

tshirt
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Re: Wow

said by hayabusa3303:

should be able to hit that cap faster now....

Never gets old, does it?

hayabusa3303
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Re: Wow

no but had to say it or someone else would....

ArrayList
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::redacted::

Anonymous_
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only a few hours
AVonGauss
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said by hayabusa3303:

should be able to hit that cap faster now....

That would be true, if that tier had a cap.

hayabusa3303
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Re: Wow

300 a month on a cap service.. wow all i can say..

whfsdude
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Re: Wow

said by hayabusa3303:

300 a month on a cap service.. wow all i can say..

It's exempt from caps. I doubt they really have any incentive to cap either given it's not a shared medium.

quote:
Comcast announced that its super fast 305 Mbps service will be available in more cities and a spokesman confirmed that service is and will be uncapped.
-- »gigaom.com/2012/09/18/comcast-la···s-tucon/

Anonymous_
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$1.25 GB

anonomeX

@comcast.net
said by hayabusa3303:

should be able to hit that cap faster now....

well, except when you're streaming video. You still might not be able to get the requisite 3 to 5mbps or so down.

Mr Guy

@charter.com

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What's the point

Just like Google Fiber's 1 Gbps this is all just a dick measuring contest right now. Doesn't matter if it was unlimited or not. Unless you plan on sharing your connection with the whole neighborhood I don't get it.
axus

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Washington, DC

Re: What's the point

Might actually be useful for Comcast, for planning TV/internet delivery 5 years down the road.
tanzam75

join:2012-07-19

Re: What's the point

It also has a practical side effect for Comcast. The people who sign up for FTTP service are probably the heaviest users. If they sign themselves up for fiber, then they're also voluntarily freeing up space on the DOCSIS side.

cork1958
Cork
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Yeah,
What's the point as I don't think there is a single server on the net, that serves up anything at those speeds anyway!

Sure, some of those glorified and totally inaccurate flash based speed test sites might "act" like they do, but c'mon, let's join the real world!
--
The Firefox alternative.
»www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/

buzz_4_20

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There are many, many LEGAL ways to break 250g without much effort. That's why.

whfsdude
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Speeds and Pricing

It's actually 100mbit/s up and the price has been bumped for new customers it looks like. Although I'm still locked in at the old rate.

(see »www.comcast.com/505)

My install is entirely fiber based with copper being used for the ethernet hand-off from the metro ethernet switch on the side of the house.



tshirt
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Re: Speeds and Pricing

That's what I remembered (somewhat remembered I'm old)

AQuine

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You have issues with YouTube buffering?

Gueste

@optonline.net
399 a month
DigitalPkrat

join:2003-12-20
Manor, TX

Competition is coming

Should be interesting when comcast takes over TWC in Austin. We already have 3 providers that have announced 1Gb symmetrical connections around $70/mo. I don't see them selling this to too many people at that price. Granted if it were available right now vs waiting for the other 3 to get to my street I might just jump on it.

JasonOD

@comcast.net

Re: Competition is coming

MetroE offers advantages over your typical shared residential connections. It's a premium product, which has higher costs.

When Comcast decides offer 1Gb node shared connections, they'll offer it at a comparable price.
smcallah

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Home
TWC already announced 300/20 for Austin, and that it will be available to all of their Austin service area when done with upgrades. Unlike the cherry picking of the 1Gbit providers.
jagged

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Re: Competition is coming

don't compare an old network that has already paid for itself decades ago and costs little to upgrade with a brand new fiber run that digs trough streets and yards

motorola870

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Arlington, TX
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Re: Competition is coming

said by jagged:

don't compare an old network that has already paid for itself decades ago and costs little to upgrade with a brand new fiber run that digs trough streets and yards

um no it did pay itself off decades ago cable companies on average used to do a rebuild ever 10 years from the 1980s to early 2000s and not to mention they continuously replace gear all the time. TWC is doing major upgrades in the Austin area they are upgraded over 100,000 subscriber homes to 16 down 4 up bonding and it is already active in parts of the cluster there in central TX. They are deploying new CMTS' in Central TX as well to provide 300/20 so no the upgrades are news worthy and yes the there is cherry picking going on with the 1Gbps services as At&t is only deploying it in residential builds that were built out as fiber from the get go so there is no new fiber being layed with At&t and Grande has been there for years in Austin and still hasn't managed to get the entire metro wired for their services and not to mention google is cherry picking.
rody_44
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Re: Competition is coming

This isnt really a story about TWC. Its a topic involving comcast. Comcast actually does a pretty good job of applying things network wide.

Camaro
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Stop Screwing With Speeds

And not do the annual price hike, I am perfectly happy with my speed, not my bill.

ArrayList
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Re: Stop Screwing With Speeds

that's not how it works.
bcltoys

join:2008-07-21
Lost today

No need.

I my self would be happy with 10mbps on a wired connection I see no need for that speed just to surf the web.

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