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Comcast Cable has embarked on another cable modem speed increase, this time goosing the downstream of its flagship tier from 4 Mbps to 6 Mbps, and its premium tier from 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps.

The upstream cap will remain the same for both tiers (384 kbps and 768 kbps, respectively). Comcast is not charging more for the higher speeds. The flagship service sells for $42.95 per month when bundled with another service, while the premium tier costs $52.95 per month.

The upgrades, the third for Comcast since the fall of 2003, will begin this month in systems in eastern and central Pennsylvania, New England, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Comcast, which has more than 7.4 million high-speed subs, expects to complete upgrades in most of its other markets later this summer.

A company spokesperson said the cap increases will occur automatically when modem IP addresses renew in the upgraded markets.

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