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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the next-generation cable broadband technology, which could deliver data at over 1 gigabit per second to our homes. Roberts showed a live 11-mile cable network, touting it as the future of wireline broadband.

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the next-generation cable broadband technology on Thursday, which could deliver data at over 1 gigabit per second to our home. Roberts showed a live 11-mile cable network and downloaded 23 episodes of 30 Rock in 1 minutes and 39 seconds, touting it as the future of wireline broadband.The news of Comcast showing the demo came out yesterday.

Roberts, who made the presentation at The Cable Show in Chicago, also added that broadband — along with Wi-Fi — is the future, as multiple devices would need a lot more bandwidth to watch television. Comcast is the largest broadband provider in the U.S. “Our broadband sales have been better. Our revenue per customer has gone up as we have increased speeds and better broadband,” said Roberts. “The gap has widened with other networks.”

The cable industry is coming under increased pressure from fiber-based network providers who have the advantage of brand new networks with higher capacities. The latest version of DOCSIS on which Comcast demo was based shows that cable guys aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. It’s also facing pressure from faster wireless speeds from ISPs deploying LTE. Some customers may look at those speeds and decide to dump their wireline networks, which means cable has to offer both faster wireline networks, but also offer customers the convenience of faster wireless networks for customers outside the home.

Hence, Roberts is extolling the virtues of Wi-Fi and calling it a game changer. “In 2020, we will want more bits in and out of our homes and we will build that, and we are confident that they will come,” Roberts added.

  1. Impressive, but if you extrapolate from the pricing of their current broadband speeds – this would come in around $800/month.

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    1. Hahhhhh Ha good one. Just because they can deliver that kind of speed doesnt mean anyone is actually ever going to see it in the real world.

      Besides your account would only be able to download content for 4 1/2 minutes before you exceed your cap anyway.

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  2. At 1Gbps, it would take 34 minutes to blow through Comcast’s 250GB download cap. I wonder what could be the problem here….

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  3. Complete joke! How many customers have 1gbs haredwired internet in their homes? Max wireless will do is about 500mbps. Comcast is feeling the heat from Fios.

    BTW you will share that bandwidth with other customers. I’ve had Comcast for internet service for about 10 years. They claim they match Fios in speed with their power boost technology. I have subscribed to their $60 service and it runs at best 16 mbs for download and 5 mbps upload. I just switched to Fios 25/25 for $62/month and it actually runs a sustained 25mbps both for upload and download. Don’t believe Comcast’s speed claims, they’re probably hyped and not what you’ll get in practice. Someone already mentioned the 250GB/month cap. All that speed will get you is reaching that cap faster and I’ll bet they come up with a new set of charges if you exceed it. Comcast is the evil empire!

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    1. John, I agree with this statement. I moved from a FIOS area to a non FIOS area (comcast) and that power boost service is nothing but bullsh*t. You get that boost for about 30 seconds and you will watch your speeds trickle down to 2-3mbps. Using comcast was one of the main reasons I moved back to an area where FIOS is available. Now sustained speeds at 25/25mbps. I’ll never go back to shared cable and vaporware “power boost” technology.

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  4. We have 1 Gbps internet in Sweden (since 2007) as well. For about 200$ a month.

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  5. What a joke. Comcast fails to mention that their cable lines are shared by many customers in the same neighborhood block. At 6pm, watch their network come to a slow dial up crawl because everyone is jumping on Netflix in the evening and clogging the pipe with Torrents and such.

    Good luck Comcast, you really need to start over and dig up the old lines and replace them with new modern technology if you plan to survive the long term.

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  6. Sonic.net is rolling out 1 Gb fiber to the door in Sebastapol, CA for $80/month. It’s a test market that will put pressure on Comcast to drop their crazy monopoly pricing. The just rolled out 100Mb service is available for $105/month but only if you are also paying for cable as well.

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  7. Not impressed. Why? Average U.S. house broadband speed is STILL TOO LOW PERIOD! And far too many U.S. houses don’t even HAVE broadband. So this is just a slap in the face of consumers. Not good, not good at all.

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  8. I would love to have those speeds back in the states. Here in Japan we already get 100mbps fiber for about $80/month. Maybe someday the states will catch-up…

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  9. I love the direction this is going. Some European countries are already demolishing North American internet speeds and it should not be seen as acceptable. If Comcast hammers this out, I hope it pushed to Canada soon after.

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    1. Nothing like reaching your bandwidth caps at breakneck speeds!

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    2. Bell has been laying fiber for a while and are starting to offer it on the last mile in select regions!

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    3. Bell has been laying fiber for a while and are starting to offer it on the last mile in select regions!

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    4. Bell has been laying fiber for a while and are starting to offer it on the last mile in select regions!

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  10. I love the direction this is going. Some European countries are already demolishing North American internet speeds and it should not be seen as acceptable. If Comcast hammers this out, I hope it pushed to Canada soon after.

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