Comcast has set up servers in a handful of its markets that subscribers can use to test the speed of their connections, even if those connections happen to be capable of DOCSIS 3.0 speeds of 50 Mbps or better.
Although there has been some speculation that Comcast may be tipping its DOCSIS 3.0 rollout plans, a Comcast spokesman said the list of cities is not the list of rollout markets, merely a roster of sites with servers capable of performing the relevant speed tests.
The site enables a standard download test, defined as speeds of 4-16 Mbps, and “D3 Speed test,” defined as 50+ Mbps – a common initial speed target for DOCSIS 3.0 data services. The speed test site is available here.
The cities listed are San Jose, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; Denver; Chicago; Detroit; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Naples, Fla.; Boston; and Atlanta.
A “Showcase Market” getting a “special test” is the Twin Cities. The Comcast spokesman declined to comment on that, or on actual rollout plans.
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