Comcast, the media conglomerate, is commonly known as a cable and internet provider that many people love to hate. The company has announced that their starting a new testing trial in Chicago for internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.
Comcast has already started this type of trial in other cities like Atlanta and Nashville, where it offers an option of signing a three-year contract for the service for a $70 monthly rate. Unfortunately for Chicago, the fiber internet competition isn’t as high as in those other two cities and this allows Comcast to raise the price of its 1gbps internet service to $140 a month without a contract.
Comcast’s new Internet service is able to deliver the 1Gbps speed thanks to a new modem standard, DOCSIS-3:1 that manages to transmit data even through traditional coaxial cable lines. In some situations, the combination of the new modem and old cables leads to even faster speeds than fiber optic cables. This means that Comcast is able to provide the new internet speeds without replacing its current cable infrastructure.
According to John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region Senior Vice President:
“We’re delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area. Our commitment to providing customers with a great experience is front and center with this announcement, and we’re proud that Comcast’s Chicago area customers will be among the first in the world to have access to this new Gigabit technology.”
Last year, Comcast launched a new internet, fiber-based, multi-Gigabit service called Gigabit Pro. This service currently offers speeds of up to 2Gbps and is now available to 18 million homes all around the country and almost 2.4 million homes in the Greater Chicago Region.
As Comcast’s service expands and its main competitors like AT&T and Google Fiber will improve their own service, we’ll eventually see a more standardized price across the country for the same service. Hopefully, more providers will want to join the competition since it’s all for the benefit of the consumers. They’ll enjoy better services at lower prices.
Currently, the United States’ internet service isn’t as good as in many other less developed countries, but these new types of services signal a change.
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