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Clarifying Comcast’s 100 Mbps deployment in Seattle

Wed, 09/30/2009 - 10:22am
Mike Robuck

Comcast is in the process of deploying its DOCSIS 3.0-enabled, 100 Mbps downstream tier for businesses in the Seattle area, but the nation’s largest cable operator isn’t saying when it will be launched.

To back up a bit, some of you may have noticed my story from Monday that said Comcast was working on deploying the 100 Mbps service – which made its debut in the Twin Cities earlier this month – in Seattle later this year or early next year.

My story was based on an article that was posted Monday morning on Everett, Wash.-based HeraldNet that quoted Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp.

"We are conducting preliminary tests of the service here in Washington and hope to launch by the end of this year or early next year," Kipp said.

Within an hour or so of the CED story going out via our e-newsletter, I received an e-mail from a Comcast spokesman with the subject header “PLEASE TAKE DOWN – STORY IS NOT TRUE” (the caps were his), so in good faith we removed the story.

I was horrified at the thought of posting something that wasn’t true, and the spokesman called me shortly after sending the e-mail to follow up on whether we were going to kill the story. At that point, I was under the impression that he would circle back to me on why the story wasn’t true, but the main point was getting the story off of our Web site ASAP.

After getting no response via e-mail from the Comcast spokesman yesterday morning, I e-mailed HeraldNet blogger Amy Rolph, who said in her response that the information she was given about the launch date last week had changed, but a Comcast spokesman told her “the service is coming.”

I tried to confirm this with Comcast’s spokesman, but his response was, “We just have no official comment to make at this time.”

So there you have it.

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