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Comcast Expands 305 Mbps Tier
Focuses on Northeast FiOS Territories
by Karl Bode 02:35PM Tuesday Sep 18 2012 Tipped by telcodad See Profile
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."

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tshirt
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join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
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no additional markets to announce at this time.

well that's unfortunate, I hope the speed increases seen in the lesser tiers are still going to spread westward
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

huh?

I thought the price was going to be somewhere between $119 and $199 a month? wasn't there a post about that?

Or did they decide that the 300mbit tier will have no caps?

mig288
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Cherry Hill, NJ
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Re: huh?

said by tmc8080:

I thought the price was going to be somewhere between $119 and $199 a month? wasn't there a post about that?

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.
Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

1 recommendation

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?

DrDeke

join:2004-05-18
Ypsilanti, MI

1 recommendation

Re: pointless male appendage waving

It was my impression that the Comcast 305 service will involve fiber to the home, not DOCSIS over coax.
Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

Re: pointless male appendage waving

In that instance, one wonders if they'll charge the thousands of dollars in build out fees that new MAE customers get hit with? If they don't, it's not hard to imagine a lot of high paying, ticked off business customers knocking on their door.

Anyway, where'd you hear that? The DSLR article from the day other mentions upstream channel bonding, that would imply DOCSIS delivery, though they may not know for sure either.

DrDeke

join:2004-05-18
Ypsilanti, MI

Re: pointless male appendage waving

I don't remember what article I read it in, but it mentioned something like a $500 installation fee, and you have to be within a certain distance of existing, splice-able fiber.
buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Allen, TX

Re: pointless male appendage waving

Based on this URL it says FTTH using Metro-E based services instead of PON.

»Extreme 305

IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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It will require an 8x4 channel bonding modem. I am sure it will be rental modems only.

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

I'd pay that..

..if we had that type of connection here. Heck, I'd take a 65/65 for less since I mainly need upstream.

SHoTTa35

@optonline.net

Re: I'd pay that..

Getting upstream is the problem so having 65 up for cheaper is not happening. There's not enough return path to offer it on DOCSIS (yet).

I guess you can always get full business accounts though - i'm sure they will give you 10Gbps upload for a price no problem!
nanaki333

join:2010-08-11
Chantilly, VA

not available in DC yet

i wish these companies would have the product ready to launch the day they announce it. just called comcast and they said it is not available here yet.

antdude
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United State
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Caps!

Faster to hit the caps. :P

JigglyWiggly

join:2009-07-12
Pleasanton, CA

1 recommendation

Re: Caps!

What a dissapointment
i thought it was 130$

why would you ever choose this over verizon at this price?
ExoticFish

join:2008-08-31
Stuarts Draft, VA

Come on guys.

I knew that "pricing list" we saw not long ago was incorrect, you all should have too. I mean come on, Extreme 105 is about $120.
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