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Comcast: 65% Will Get DOCSIS 3.0 By Year's End
Company rolls on with deployment of faster speeds...
by Karl Bode 11:04AM Thursday Feb 19 2009
Comcast quickly met their goal of having 20% of their footprint upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0 technology by the end of 2008, and are well on their way toward meeting their promise of having 100% of markets upgraded by the end of 2010. The company tells us this morning that they hope to have 65% of all markets upgraded by the end of this year. That should bring the carrier's DOCSIS 3.0 offerings to around 30 million homes passed in fairly short order, putting the company on solid footing in their battle against Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

50Mbps arrived in the Twin Cities last April, with Metro Boston, Philly Metro, Northern New England and Southern Massachusetts markets arriving in October. November saw launches in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and Eugene. In December, Comcast dropped the "wideband" bomb in parts of Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. San Francisco and Denver are rumored to be on deck.

In upgraded markets, Comcast first upgrades existing speed tiers for free. Comcast's $42.95 "Performance" 6Mbps/1Mbps tier becomes 12Mbps/2Mbps, and their $52.95 "Performance Plus" 8Mbps/2Mbps tier becomes 16Mbps/2Mbps. When your market is upgraded, Comcast also adds two new tiers to the mix: $62.95 "Ultra" 22Mbps/5Mbps and $139.95 "Extreme 50" 50Mbps/10Mbps.

According to Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas, the company now offers these faster speeds to 30% of their footprint -- or 15 million homes and businesses passed. Of course all of these speeds now come with a 250GB cap. All tiers are also subject to Comcast's new throttling system, which de-prioritizes traffic for certain users should their node be congested, and if they're consistently using 70% of their down or upstream throughput.

"What we're finding is that speed really matters to consumers, particularly as they watch more video on the Internet on sites like YouTube and Fancast.com. In addition, gaming, downloading and other applications get even better with more speed," says Comcast's Steve Burke, Chief Operating Officer. "Looking ahead, our goal is to get our entire footprint up to 12 Mbps and to offer 50 to 100 Mbps in as many places as possible," he says.

Users can hit this Comcast website to see if their market has been upgraded yet.


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Re: Get to caps faster


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said by Badonkadonk:

I dunno. I just want my content faster. I don't care about caps. I think the vast majority fall within that category.
Agreed!
I do REAL good to hit 35GB per month.
Yeah, I download *things*.
Since the 3mbps days, my per-month usage has not increased - even though I now have 16mbps.

Good to know I'm not the only one who sees speed as faster downloads and not more downloads.
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I completely agree. With everything that i do dl'ing music, movies, and new maps for gaming i dont even hit half of the cap and then with the wifey and kids still doesnt hit half. It seems like it is more of a principle for most people, IMHO and i can respect that. For most people i think they will see this as a huge improvement and will be happy about the improvements that CC continues to bring us customers.
Hopefully they will stay on track with there goals as i would like to see higher symmetrical speeds regardless of the cap.
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I dunno. I just want my content faster. I don't care about caps. I think the vast majority fall within that category.

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I agree. For me, I want something and I want it fast. It doesn't mean that I want more. That theory mostly must apply to usenet and p2p users.


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said by hoyleysox:

Faster speeeds mean users will hit their caps sooner be over the cap limit for longer each month.
I have a hard time subscribing to the camp of "fast bandwidth, download more". In theory that would happen, but I question in reality how many people actually do.
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