Monday, April 18, 2011

Comcast Rolls 105 Mbps Xfinity - Worries Over Cap Overblown

Great news from Comcast. Too bad it's asymmetric service - only 10 Mbps up. Also lot's of discussion regarding Comcast's data caps. Unfortunately, bad news about caps - from The Consumerist
Comcast caps
How does the 250 GB translate? Downloading HD movies, you could consume that 250 Gig in just over 5 hours. Of course that's over 60 HD movies - I don't think my students download 2 movies a day. It seems the worries over the cap are - at least for now - overblown.

Comcast Offers the Fastest Residential Internet Service to the Most Homes in the U.S.:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services, announced today that its newest ultra-fast Xfinity Internet speed tier, Extreme 105, is now available to more than 40 million homes in major markets across the nation including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston, among others.
The Extreme 105 Mbps service, which also offers up to 10 Mbps upload speeds, is available for new or existing customers at an introductory rate of $105 per month
Extreme 105 is made possible through the use of DOCSIS 3.0 technology. At a connection speed of up to 105 Mbps, Comcast customers can not only download and watch a hi-def movie in about 5 minutes, but also play online interactive games, send and receive email attachments, shop, and update social networking Web pages faster than ever before. Here are some examples that compare different online customer experiences of a 105 Mbps connection to a 6 Mbps service:
Comcast 105

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