Long rumored to be offering a faster broadband plan, Comcast has pulled the trigger, introducing a new “Extreme 105” service tier offering 105Mbps down and 10Mbps up. The price for this, if bundled with its Triple Play plan, is $105 per month for the first year. The coverage area includes a span of 40 million people, in places like Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Washington DC, and most of Boston, with more markets to follow.
As for whether Comcast plans to lift the 250GB data cap for Extreme 105 customers, the company hasn’t said. Likely, it will be this same ceiling that it imposes on all its other broadband customers.
Full disclosure: I am a Comcast/Xfinity subscriber who rarely sees the max speeds promised by my plan, so excuse me if I’m a little jaded by all this. (If you’re not… um, well why aren’t you? Kidding.) Realistically, even if the speeds promised do show up in the real world, I’ve got to wonder how useful this will be if the same limits are imposed. All it means then is that people will reach their caps faster, right?
What do you guys think? Is this plan worth the extra bucks? Or, if you’re willing to super-charge your broadband anyway, would it be better to just upgrade an additional $40 for a business class account with no limits? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
[via Engadget, source Comcast press release, below]
COMCAST offers The fastest residential internet service to the most homes in the U.S.
‘Extreme 105’ Now Available to More Than 40 Million Homes From Coast to Coast
PHILADELPHIA – April 14, 2011 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services, announced today that its newest ultra-fast Xfinity Internet speed tier, Extreme 105, is now available to more than 40 million homes in major markets across the nation including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston, among others.
“This speed tier continues to expand our portfolio of Internet service offerings and takes them up to a whole new level,” said Cathy Avgiris, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Data Services. “With it, we’re powering the digital home of the future, where entire families using multiple devices – laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones – can all take advantage of high-bandwidth applications simultaneously ensuring they each have a great online experience.”
The Extreme 105 Mbps service, which also offers up to 10 Mbps upload speeds, is available for new or existing customers at an introductory rate of $105 per month for 12 months as part of their Triple Play bundle. In addition, the service comes with a wireless home networking gateway that turns an entire house into its own WiFi hotspot. Comcast offers Extreme 105 service on a standalone basis, and also offers a variety of other speed tiers in either bundles or as standalone packages, so there’s something for everyone and consumers can choose a service that best meets their needs.
Extreme 105 is made possible through the use of DOCSIS 3.0 technology. At a connection speed of up to 105 Mbps, Comcast customers can not only download and watch a hi-def movie in about 5 minutes, but also play online interactive games, send and receive email attachments, shop, and update social networking Web pages faster than ever before.