One employee claims speedtest site hints at upcoming markets....
Yesterday we reported
that Comcast is getting very close to expanding DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades into a handful of new markets, in order to meet their goal of having 20% of their footprint upgraded by year's end. In addition to launching new 22Mbps/5Mbps ($63) and 50Mbps/10Mbps ($140) DOCSIS 3.0 tiers, they're also doubling the speed of their Performance and Performance Plus tiers. The new 22 and 50Mbps tiers will need new DOC 3.0 modems, and all but the 50Mbps tier will still see a kick from Comcast's Powerboost
But which markets get first crack at the juicy new speeds? Another Comcast insider points us to this
backbone website Comcast uses for DOCSIS 3.0 testing.
"This was updated recently with a list of cities -- and surrounding areas -- that can expect to see the new tiers soon," says the source, who places great emphasis on the word "soon." On the list: San Jose, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Naples, Boston and Atlanta.
I spoke with Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas, who says the cities listed are simply speed test locations and may not be the real launch cities for Comcast's 2008 DOCSIS 3.0 goal. So which markets are ready to go live? Comcast so far isn't saying. How soon is "soon"? At least one source insists that several could be upgraded by the end of next week. October 30 seems to be a date that comes up consistently in conversations with employees.