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Comcast isn’t going to let Verizon’s recent launch of a 300 Mbps speed tier go unchallenged. The nation’s largest broadband provider is apparently prepping its own 305 Mbps speed tier according to BroadbandReports. Yay for competition.

Comcast Tower

Comcast Tower

Comcast isn’t going to let Verizon’s recent launch of a 300 Mbps speed tier go unchallenged. The nation’s largest broadband provider is apparently prepping its own 305 Mbps speed tier according to BroadbandReports. The site reports that a Comcast executive told employees that the cable company would be offering a 305 Mbps tier before the end of the year.

Of course, Verizon’s 300 Mbps service exists today and can be had for $210. It also doesn’t come with any sort of cap, which makes that 5 Mbps extra speed bump less of a competitive edge for Comcast. But at least we’re talking real competition and since Comcast has shown off speeds as fast as a gigabit on the download side (the upload offering is slower) it can swing the tech to make this happen. I reached out to Comcast and will update if it confirms the plans.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Kevin W Burkett.

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  1. It’s not about a 5 Mbps speed, it’s about competition.

    Now get ready for ridiculous monthly bills.

  2. I honestly don’t see what the point of high speeds are if you’re going to have a data cap.

    1. Why does everyone say this! Speed and data cap are two different issues. If I have a car and can choose to drive 100 MPH or 30 MPH and I drive the same distance every day, then I want 100 MPH so I can get where I’m going faster. I don’t need more data, but downloading a 700MB file in 15 seconds rather than 3 minutes is something I would gladly pay more for.

      1. yeah but your missing the point
        if you had a car that could go 100 miles an hour non stop with no limit on gas or maintenance vs a car that could go 104 miles an hour for 50 miles
        the 100 miles an hour non stop is going to seem pretty cool

  3. Keith Townsend Thursday, July 19, 2012

    If they remove the cap I wonder what types of applications developers could build for this metro like networks. http://virtualizedgeek.com/2012/07/19/google-fiber-windows-8-what-to-do-with-all-that-bandwidth/

  4. Durant Imboden Sunday, July 22, 2012

    For “cloud” computing, Web publishing, and many other applications, upload speed can be as important as download speed. Where I live, Comcast cable delivers 27 Mbps down but only 3.5 Mbps up. In contrast, US Internet’s FTTH service (which is being deployed to thousands of households in the city) delivers 50 Mbps in both directions for less than Comcast’s slower offering. 100 Mbps up/down costs only a few dollars per month more. At those speeds, cloud computing starts to look pretty good.

  5. Comcast is trash! went to Fios and lower my monthly bill by $90 with more channels, faster speed 24/7 and holy sh!t comcast is way behind Fios technology.

  6. Fyi Comcast is no longer enforcing a data cap. Their old cap was at 250 gb. Which only 1 percentof subscribers hit at least 1 time a year. Now there is no cap in effect.

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