Comcast bringing 50 Mbps to D.C. area
Comcast, continuing its propagation of DOCSIS 3.0 technology through its systems, is beginning to make available 50 Mbps broadband service in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Comcast said it will double speeds for the majority of existing high-speed Internet customers at no additional cost. That will raise the company’s old top tier from 6 Mbps to 12 Mbps.
Comcast is offering the new services first in neighborhoods in Anacostia, and then in Arlington County, the city of Alexandria, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
The entire Washington, D.C., market is expected to have wideband by the end of the year.
Comcast’s new residential tiers will include Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $99.95 per month, and Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at $62.95 per month.
The company will also be offering new business tiers in the D.C. area.
Comcast’s stated goal is to have DOCSIS 3.0-enabled data services in 30 million homes and businesses by the end of the year. The number of homes represents 65 percent of Comcast’s footprint.
Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 speeds have already begun launching in major markets around the nation, including the Twin Cities, the Boston metropolitan region and parts of southern New Hampshire, the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Pittsburgh, parts of New Jersey, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Portland, Ore., and Seattle. Comcast said it will launch in additional markets in the weeks and months ahead.
Comcast used pre-DOCSIS 3.0 wideband modems from Cisco in its first launch of wideband services in the Twin Cities last year. Comcast is also working with Arris, Motorola and other DOCSIS 3.0 vendors.