Comcast Announces Plans to Deliver Ultra-High Speed Connectivity at 2 Gbps to Atlanta Residences


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In April of 2015, Comcast announced plans to install ultra-high speed internet to private residences in Atlanta, Georgia. Fiber-optic based networks for residential homes will deliver up to 2 Gbps, a record-breaking figure with its closest competitors Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower at a “mere” 1 Gbps. The service, named Gigabit Pro, will be symmetrical - capable of both uplink and downlink rates at this speed. Comcast’s second highest internet service, of 505 Mbps, costs a whopping $400 per month (compared to Google and AT&T’s 1 Gbps services priced at $70). However, the company has stated that it is still evaluating pricing for the new 2 Gbps service, but will cost less than the 505 Mbps service (whose current customers will be automatically upgraded).

Comcast chooses residential areas based on closest proximity to its already established fiber cable branches. The company hopes to expand to 18 million homes by the end of 2015. Comcast’s current network is composed of a combination of fiber and coaxial cable and the company intends to strengthen its network by upgrading to DOCSIS 3.1 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification). As of now, Comcast has completed over 145,000 route miles of fiber cable. For businesses, the company delivers speeds of up to 10 Gbps with a current base of 1.5 million nationwide.

This new consideration of ultra-high speed internet for residences marks a change of heart for the company, which stated two years ago that gigabit internet connection is unnecessary for private homes. Comcast VP David Cohen stated that

“Most websites can’t deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most US homes have routers that can’t support the speed already available to the home”.
However, in light of their recent announcement, Comcast will be installing upgraded equipment to customers who buy the 2 Gbps service.

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