Updated: San Francisco to Get Super-Fast Broadband From Comcast


Updated: Next week, several Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, will get 50 Mbps broadband service from Comcast (s CMCSA) as the cable company continues its DOCSIS 3.0 expansion. Om may not be a fan of Comcast’s 250 GB per month cap or history of P2P throttling, but the speeds may tempt him, especially on the upload side. Comcast will offer several packages, including 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed for $139.95 a month, as well as 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed for $62.95 a month.

On April 28, the following towns will have access to the wideband service: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Stanford and Woodside. Comcast didn’t say when San Francisco proper would get service, but noted, “[F]aster speeds will be available in other portions of the Bay Area later in 2009.”


Andrew Lin

Or get Web Pass (www.web-pass.com) and get 50 Mbps or 100 Mbps (down AND up) service for cheaper than Comcast. Request it if it’s not available in your building — we’re loving it!


We only have one nationwide VDSL50 provider in Germany, but flatrate with no cap is 78 dollars per month, incl. access to HD film archive, 70 tv channels, nationwide call flat. And people here think it is too expensive :-)


Does this explain why both Comcast internet and TV were out in Marin for about three hours Sunday night from about 7 pm to after 10pm? Not a peep from Comcast or in any newspapers. If there’s another explanation I’d be interested in hearing about it. Anyone know?

Brett Glass

Comcast is capping consumption — therefore it can make a fair profit on its services and can afford to invest in infrastructure. It makes sense.


I was speaking with an installer a few months ago and he mentioned that the download speeds were aimed at 60-80mbps. He said that Comcast had this capability for quite some time now and that they provided ‘professional courtesy’ to At&t to catch-up. Do I believe the installer? Hey why not?


It doesn’t have anything to do with infrastructure. It has everything to do with the fact that the Comcast/AT&T duopoly would rather be in the content delivery business than the commodity internet business.


I wonder why US is behind other countries like UK /Singapore etc where broadband is cheaper and speeds are upto 100 mbps ………….is it bcos US TELCO find it too hard to replace their copper infrastructure ?


What? No love for Oakland? I guess I shouldn’t complain. I’m still paying $33 a month for my Comcast data. I just keep calling them every 6 months and threaten to switch.

Jason Lackey

Caps + no Docsis 3.0 for Mountain View = Massive Fail. I am still upset by how digital cable was a step backwards from analog due to no channel surfing as well as the stupid high compression Comcast uses – lots and lots of jpeg artifacting! AT&T will find it hard to compete, sadly no uverse in 94041.

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