Comcast Customers in Pittsburgh Get Gigabit
Comcast just announced that they’ve launched their DOCSIS 3.1 based cable broadband service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second to residential customers. Most customers will have availability by the end of November.
“With the launch of our 1 Gigabit residential service, adding to the best in-home Wi-Fi experience and our recent launch of XFINITY xFi, we continue to deliver an unparalleled Internet experience for our customers in terms of speed, control and reliability,” said Christine Whitaker, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Keystone Region.
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said, “I’m thrilled that Pittsburgh is now a gig city. Just like cities grew by being railroad hubs in the 19th century, they’ll prosper by having ultra-fast internet connectivity in the 21st.”
The company’s new 1 Gigabit Internet service will use DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver the speeds over the existing communications lines that are already in most homes. Bob Grove, V.P. of Communications at Comcast Xfinity points out that no new construction was needed to bring 1 Gig speed to residents of the Pittsburgh area. To enjoy the new service, all the customer will need to do is install a new XB6 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.
Upload speed will be 35 megabits per second and the download speed will be up to a gigabit per second. That translates to downloading a TV series episode in about 4 seconds and an HD movie in about 40 seconds.
In the greater Pittsburgh area, the everyday price for 1 Gigabit service is $104.95 a month, without a term contract, and a promotional price of $79.99 a month for 12 months is being offered. Not having seen the fine print yet, I’m sure that customers will need to be wary of Early Termination Fees of their existing service contracts.
New and current customers can visit Xfinity.com/gig to learn about the new service and request additional information.
This past May, Comcast also launched Xfinity xFi, a platform that provides a simple digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, and pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or while the kids are supposed to be doing homework.