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Comcast accelerates Xfinity for Californians

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 1:55pm
Brian Santo

Comcast is in the process of accelerating the Internet speeds for Xfinity customers in almost all of its residential service areas in California, as well as certain markets in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

The operator has been bumping up data transmission rates across its footprint. In April, Comcast made similar speed changes for customers in the company’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 states and the District of Columbia.

The latest speed increase applies to all California customers except those in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista. The other markets where Comcast accelerated Xfinity speeds are Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX.The “Performance” tier now offers speeds up to 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps; “Blast” is now 105 Mbps, up from 50 Mbps; and “Extreme 105” has been bumped to 150 Mbps, the company said.

For most customers, the speed increases will go into effect automatically over the next few days but for those who want more immediate access, they can simply re-start their modem, Comcast said. The company will notify those customers who may need to upgrade their Comcast hardware to receive the increased speeds.

Eric Schaefer, senior vice president and general manager, data and communications services, Comcast, added that, “since wireless access is becoming just as important as wired service, we also include complimentary access to Xfinity WiFi with most of our Internet service tiers. We currently offer about 3.6 million hotspots with plans to grow to eight million by the end of the year.”

Comcast said that as of the end of its second quarter in 2014, 47 percent of its Internet customers subscribe to a speed tier faster than 50 Mbps.

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