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Summary:

For $300, people in the Northeast, presumably in areas where Comcast competes with Verizon’s fiber to-the-home offering, can soon get 305 Mbps service from Comcast. The fastest tier is expensive, but its the doubling off other Comcast speed tiers at no cost that will hurt Verizon.

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For $300, people in the Northeast, presumably in areas where Comcast competes with Verizon’s fiber to-the-home offering, can soon get 305 Mbps service from Comcast. Upload speeds will be 65 Mbps. The nation’s largest broadband provider unveiled its rumored “Platinum” tier on Tuesday, and also said it would double the speeds of its 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps customers at no charge.

The service is an answer to rival Verizon, which offers a 300 Mbps speed tier for $210. The pricing on Comcast’s premium tier is high, but it’s the lower tiers where Verizon might feel the heat. Currently Verizon charges about $75 for 50 Mbps service, according to a search of its website with a Philadelphia address, while Comcast’s 25 Mbps tier now would cost roughly $30 according to its Philadelphia pricing. Both prices are introductory and involve a contract.

Comcast is launching the broadband enhancements and offerings in markets including Boston, Hartford, Conn., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Pa., Wilmington, Del., Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., and New Jersey. And yes, at 305 Mbps you will be able to reach your broadband cap that much faster if Comcast elects to keep it at 300 Mbps and in place at all speed tiers.

Update: Comcast got back to me on prices that I didn’t snag off its web site and they are markedly different. Spokesman Charlie Douglas wrote:

We’re doubling the speed of the Blast tier from 25 to 50 Mbps and the price does not change. It is $58.95/month multi-product or $72.95/month standalone. We’re also (more than) doubling Extreme 50 from 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps and the price also does not change. It is $99.95/mo multi-product or $114.95/month standalone (prices may vary by market).

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  1. David Belson Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    The cap would be at 300 GB, according to your referenced story, not at 300 Mbps as you note here.

  2. Keith Townsend Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Comcast’s pricing makes since to me. There’s a huge difference between 300Mbps and 305Mbps. I’d easily pay $90 more a month for the 5Mbps that wouldn’t even be perceivable.

  3. Lionel LaCorbiere Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    I was wondering Stacey is the boost to the 25 and 50 Mps tier nationwide??? That would be nice!!

  4. hahahahahaha more than 4 times the price for less than a third the bandwidth of Google Fiber.

  5. Nobody really uses that much download bandwidth unless you’re doing torrents, and if you are, you’re pirating… Or maybe all you’re downloading is Linux ISO files? Just maybe?
    On another note, nobody seems to care about the shitty Comcast upload speeds compared with Fios. If I were Comcast, I would always allow for symmetric bandwidth. WTF?

    1. some people have small business or share content, you know like the guys who started You Tube. Like myself some people have servers at home which host whatever. These high speeds enable me to use my own PC’s as a cloud and access content from anywhere in the world. Also with more content being available only especially 1080p and higher you will need these speeds. Torrents and pirating are not the only reason for high speeds. Learn more about PC’s before you comment.

    2. I am a gamer and the game updates use lots download and upload speed,all of it btw wow is one good example but I use many others.

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