What is the Comcast Blast Internet Service

Comcast offers gigabit internet speeds - but probably not for you


Any news of improvements to America's creaky Internet infrastructure is usually good news, but don't get too excited about Comcast's new 2 gigabits per second Internet service. For now, not many people are actually going to be able to access the fiber optic network.

Comcast called "Gigabit Pro" is exactly what it sounds like: Gigabit-speed Internet. It's actually the same gigabit speeds the company has been offering to business customers for five years, except for the new service that sends fiber directly to people's homes.

In an interview, Comcast Steven Restivo told me that the fiber optic network would eventually reach homes in both urban and rural areas in the United States. Since existing gigabit offerings like Google Fiber focus on cities, this sounds like progress. But here is where the caveats come into play.

First of all, Gigabit Pro is slowly rolling out, starting with a select number of homes in the greater Atlanta area that also happen to be near Comcast's existing fiber optic infrastructure that has been serving business for years. Comcast promises the service will be available to 1.5 million customers next month, but that doesn't mean everyone with access is willing or able to pay for the service.

This is the second limitation. Comcast stated very clearly in the press release that customers houses "near Comcast fiber optic network" to be able to receive Gigabit Pro service, which would "require an installation of professional equipment." Restivo stated that this means installing gigabit-read hardware inside and outside the home. This also includes a layer of new fiber to cover the final mile of infrastructure from the Comcast plant to this new professional equipment.

Add these setup costs to the cost of the service itself and you will see a fair share of the change. The fastest plan Comcast currently offers in Atlanta - called "Blast! ®" - costs $ 80 a month and offers download speeds "up to 105 MB / s." The new Gigabit Pro plans offer speeds almost 20 times as fast as that. So does it cost $ 1,600 a month? Probably not, but it will be the most expensive.

We don't know exactly how expensive it will be until early May, when Comcast reveals the pricing structure. Meanwhile, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee offers its citizens gigabit speeds for just $ 70 a month. Google Fiber is about the same, although the communal broadband speeds in Chattanooga are even faster. And it's growing.

How to Sit Dense Braves Fans. Faster internet is on the way - if you place right in life and have the money. Based on the Teeth Grid Grift, which was rollout "Verizon FiOS", everyone else should be very patient and skeptical about Comcast about to roll out its new Gigabit Pro service nationwide.

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