Comcast Brings 100-Meg to Augusta

5:20 PM -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has picked Augusta, Ga., as the second market to get a 100-Mbit/s (downstream) Docsis 3.0 tier tailored to business service customers.

The MSO's Twin Cities market was the first to get it, back in May. (See Comcast Gets Bizzy With 100-Meg Tier .)

And the service still carries a hefty premium. The Deluxe 100 tier sells for $369.95 per month, though it does include the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Communications Services pack, which Comcast values at more than $500, as well as a biz-class virus and spyware protection suite from Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC).

Comcast has yet to deploy a 100-Mbit/s service for residential customers (its top residential tier offers downstream bursts of up to 50 Mbit/s). However, the MSO will reportedly launch a residential service that hits the 100-Mbit/s mark later this year.

Evidence has emerged that Comcast will start that off with Extreme 105, a Docsis 3.0 tier that caps speeds at 105 Mbit/s downstream and 10 Mbit/s upstream for $199.95, plus a $250 installation fee. If that's the case, Suddenlink Communications would retain its Docsis 3.0 downstream bragging rights in the US, as it's still on top with with its 107-Mbit/s wideband tier. (See Suddenlink Unleashes 107-Meg Wideband Tier.)

Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas noted that the MSO is mentioning 100-Mbit/s speeds in its Xfinity advertising and that the new tier would be "coming soon."

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

iansltx 12/5/2012 | 4:32:05 PM
re: Comcast Brings 100-Meg to Augusta

Where did you find this info?

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:32:04 PM
re: Comcast Brings 100-Meg to Augusta

It wasn't on the national wires, but the release popped up on a local news site. JB

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