Comcast Increases Bandwidth For High Speed Customers

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In what some are considering a shot at DSL service providers, Comcast, the nation’s largest broadband provider, has announced they will be increasing the speed of their broadband service.

Comcast is planning on introducing their faster service, at no extra charge, later this quarter. According to News.com, the speed increases will affect all services:

“As previously reported, the nation’s largest cable and broadband provider’s current download speed of up to 3mbps (megabits per second) will jump to 4mbps. Upload rates of 256kbps (kilobits per second) will reach 384kbps, the company said. Customers of Comcast’s more expensive 4mbps service will see a 50 percent increase to 6mbps downstream and 768kbps upstream.

Speed has been of the essence to the nation’s major cable providers. Time Warner Cable said in December that it would raise its basic download speed to 5mbps from 3mbps. Months earlier, Cox Communications said it would raise its speed limit from 3mbps to 4mbps. Faster speeds may help justify cable subscriptions that average $45 a month when the Bells sell DSL–which typically clocks in at 1.5mbps–for as low as $26.95 a month.”

To provide users activities to take advantage of the higher speeds, Comcast also plans on introducing an instant messenger service, which will support live video streaming. The company has also made their homepage more media intensive (on-demand video games, video clips accompanying news stories, etc).

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