Comcast Expands 305 Mbps Tier
Focuses on Northeast FiOS Territories
by Karl Bode 02:35PM Tuesday Sep 18 2012 Tipped by telcodad
In early July we exclusively scooped
that Comcast would soon be offering users a new 305 Mbps downstream, 65 Mbps upstream tier intended to top Verizon's new Quantum offerings. Comcast confirmed the tier in late July, and today officially announced
that they've launched the speedier tier "throughout most major markets in its Northeast division." "Extreme 305" specifically targets regions they compete with Verizon FiOS: primarily the suburban outskirts of Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, and New Jersey. The tier comes with Comcast's latest-generation Xfinity Wireless Gateway, and includes premium 24/7 Xfinity Signature Support Complete Home, which (usually $20 a month extra). The company tells Broadband Reports
the tier will cost $300 a month, and that in terms of expansion, there's "no additional markets to announce at this time."
Cherry Hill, NJ
said by tmc8080:I also recall the price point being 100 - 199 per month for this service. Personally, as a FIOS subscriber, this price point and offering doesn't make me want to give Comcast a call.
I thought the price was going to be somewhere between $119 and $199 a month? wasn't there a post about that?
pointless male appendage waving The number of consumers willing to pay $300/mo for an internet connection is miniscule. I'm not certain what Verizon and Comcast accomplish here, other than one upping each other, and grabbing the 0.00001% of customers willing to pay such prices.
Can Comcast's network even deliver these speeds? DOCSIS 3.0 with eight bonded channels tops out at a little over 300mbit/s of usable bandwidth. What good is paying for this tier of service if you can only access full speed at 4am, and probably not even then?
Re: pointless male appendage waving It was my impression that the Comcast 305 service will involve fiber to the home, not DOCSIS over coax.
Re: Caps! What a dissapointment
i thought it was 130$
why would you ever choose this over verizon at this price?