by Karl Bode 08:13AM Monday Feb 04 2013 Tipped by FFH
Comcast Speed changes we leaked last summer continue to slowly make their way to Comcast customers. According to users in our forums, customers in numerous markets say Comcast is boosting their 16 Mbps down, 2 Mbps up tier to 20 Mbps down, 4 Mbps up.
Users seeing the change say they're actually seeing around 18-22 Mbps downstream (users in other markets see 25 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up). Of interesting note is that Comcast also appears to be doing away with Powerboost, a technology that briefly increased speeds for the first part of a large download, allowing cable operators to often game speed tests.
Apparently you no longer need to provide the illusion of faster speed when you're actually delivering faster speeds. Fancy that!
There is little need for PB with 50-150Mb tiers. But I appreciated it when speeds were below 25Mb. Most of my file grabs were things like updates which were typically less than 100MB and it was convenient to grab things just that much quicker. It also helped with media intensive pages or video buffering.
I think my initial contract was for 6/1. I'm on Comcast business. I'm still paying $59.95 per month with no sales tax.
Overall it's been amazingly good. -- "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman"
2013-Feb-7 1:25 pm: ·
RR Conductor NWP RR Inc.,serving NW CA Premium join:2002-04-02 Redwood Valley, CA kudos:1
Re: I've Still Got Powerboost, Plus...
That's good, we pay $74.95 a month for Blast!. It would be $64.95 a month, but they ding us 10 a month for not having their cable tv, we have Directv for that. When it was Adelphia here, they charged us the same price regardless of whether we had their cable tv or not. --
PB is still working here. I have to agree it met a need when speeds were low, but becomes less desirable/necessary with current and upcoming higher speeds (and messes up some QoS functions in streaming) I wouldn't expect much increase the lifeline (free lunch) speeds and little if any on the economy tier, the idea isn't to make those a base/standard/starter tier, just to provide really basic service on a temporary basis for subs who can't afford anything else.
wow, a cable company affordably provides us with the full 30/5 speed potential of a 10 year old standard, and we all jump for joy the FCC should be ashamed of itself for enabling such a hobbled non competitive environment.
Please, please Comcast take my powerboost, just give me a speed increase.
Please realize that non-northeast users are paying customers too. Although there's no FIOS here, we do have other options. I have U-verse and WOW to choose from. They may not have the higher speeds either, but I would get a new customer discount.
2013-Feb-4 2:37 pm: ·
Badonkadonk Premium join:2000-12-17 Naperville, IL kudos:5
You don't get powerboost with the economy tiers. I think it starts at the performance tier.
2013-Feb-4 3:44 pm: ·
pflog Bueller? Bueller? Premium,MVM join:2001-09-01 El Dorado Hills, CA kudos:3
Noticed this on business class
When they bumped us on business class from 22/5 to 27/7, the powerboost went from uncapped to capped. I suppose eliminating it entirely is the next step, though I'm not sure why they didn't just eliminate it when going to the 27/7 speeds if that was their plan. -- "I drank what?" -Socrates
On Biz class at our shop Speedtest consistently shows 20/4, Shaperprobe is 17/3 without PB. So we still have it but nowhere near what it used to be. Used to see something like 25-35 down and 5-7 up (10-30 up when they first turned on upstream bonding) w PB back before when it was 12/2
Never have figured out that logic of Powerboost anyway. I mean, what the heck, if you can give me that speed for a few seconds, just make it full time. What good does a few seconds of cranking it do when it comes to downloading a Linux ISO or something similar? -- The Firefox alternative. »www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/