Comcast’s wideband tier available to SMBs in Boston area

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Comcast said yesterday that its DOCSIS 3.0-enabled wideband speeds are now available to small- and medium-size businesses in the Boston area.

Starting this week, Comcast will offer two new tiers of wideband service – Deluxe with a download speed of 50 Mbps and Premium at 22 Mbps – to small- and medium-size businesses in more than 300 communities in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

The Deluxe tier has an upstream speed of 10 Mbps – both the upstream and downstream speeds are the same as Comcast’s fastest residential wideband tier – while the Premium tier has an upstream speed of 5 Mbps, the latter of which is the same as Comcast’s Ultra residential wideband offering. The Deluxe tier costs $189.95 per month, while the Premium tier is priced at $99.95 per month.

"Faster Internet service and cutting-edge technology are important differentiators for small- and medium-size businesses focused on increasing their productivity and efficiency to beat the competition," said Peter Marsh, vice president of business services for Comcast's Greater Boston Region. "Comcast is committed to helping local companies get ahead in the marketplace by providing a better business technology solution that offers faster Internet speeds, dedicated support and significantly more value than they can get from the phone company."

Comcast’s wideband technology is now available in more than 300 communities throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with additional launches ongoing.

Wideband is also offered in other Comcast markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Ind., Hartford, Conn., parts of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., the Twin Cities and Seattle.

Earlier this year, Comcast announced it anticipated rolling out the new wideband technology to 65 percent of its footprint by the end of 2009 – the equivalent of more than 30 million homes and businesses passed (story here).

Last week, Comcast rolled out the wideband services in Jersey City, N.J., and in Montgomery and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania.

Comcast was one of the first cable operators in North America to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 speeds after launching the service in the Twin Cities in Minnesota (story here). Canadian cable operator Vidéotron was the first cable operator in North America to take advantage of channel bonding DOCSIS 3.0 technology for faster data throughputs.

Yesterday, Cablevision said it would deploy a DOCSIS 3.0 tier, with a top speed of 101 Mbps, across its entire New York area footprint (story here).

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