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Comcast Set to Release Residential Internet Service 60 Times Faster than DSL

Comcast, - Extreme 105 service announcementThursday, Comcast is planning to announce a new residential service so fast that by the time you finish reading this post, you could already have downloaded an entire movie.  Their calling the service Extreme 105, and it’s rolling out nation-wide.  Despite the fancy new name and plan, Comcast still has some catching up to do if they want to match the Verizon/Frontier top tier FiOS speed (Though, Comcast has two advantages; price(?) and availability.

The new Extreme 105 service will provide download speeds of up to 105 Mbps and a 10 Mbps upload. The service will be available starting in June.  According to a bill update that was sent out in March, Extreme 105 will cost $199.95 per month and have a one-time $249.00 installation fee.  However, USA Today recently reported that the price would be $105 per month on a 12-month contract as part of a triple-play bundle; no mention of an installation fee.  We’ll have to wait for the official announcement to see if they’ve updated the price or not.

UPDATE: According to the official press release the price will be $105 per month in a triple-play package. Also, the package is available to 40 million customers across the U.S. starting today.

Verizon currently offers a Tier 4 FiOS plan that boasts 150 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload.  Their monthly rate is $199.99 with free installation.  The main problem with FiOS is that it only offers coverage to a fraction of the customers that Comcast does.

So, what do you think?  Is 105 Mbps too fast, or not fast enough? You can use Google as a calculator to figure out exactly how long any given downloads will take at the speed. I think 105 Mbps download sounds great, but the 10 Mbps upload speed leaves a lot to be desired.

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7 Responses to Comcast Set to Release Residential Internet Service 60 Times Faster than DSL

  1. groovinJackman April 14, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Indeed – why such slow uploads? And holy crap that’s a lot to spend on residential Internet.

  2. acupunc April 14, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Is that with or without throttling?

    I like the speeds that Comcast says you “can get up to.” In reality you won’t get anywhere near those speeds. I would really like to see some real world results comparing this new speed against the more standard 21Mbps.

  3. Anon April 14, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    13.13 megabytes per second is Slowwwwww. Comcast already had this speed a few years back then they took it off. I recall maxing out my lan port on my board @ 12.5MB/s on torrents. Now they are charging $105-$250. People in other country’s are paying like 50-60 bucks 250mbps-500mbps. Now that I gots a new system, my lan ports are @ 1000mbps = 125MB/s and if I bridge em they can handle 250MB/s = 2000mbps but with my Motorola SB6120 it can only take in 160Mbps but my Linksys E3000 can handle 1000mbps on each lan port. I wonder if comcast is holding back on higher speeds because most casual users have PC’s that can only handle up to 100mbps on their lan ports.
    Us people of USA are getting screwed with ISP speeds.

    • MrGroove April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      Thanks for doing the conversion Anon. (mbps / 8 = MB’s). However you think 13.13 MB/s is slow? What are you doing on your home internet connection that maxes out your internet connections? Torrents I guess?

      • Anon April 14, 2011 at 8:55 am #

        @MrGroove says:
        April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

        atm I’ve got 40 dollar package 2.6MB/s. It’s just to expensive for such speeds. Yea, 13.13MB/s or 105mbps is way to slow for the price. Just downloading open source software torrenting. Like back in the day, above I mention I was torrenting, it was ubuntu distro’s I was torrenting when I used ubuntu.

        But for the price of 200 bucks, I should be able to for an example download ubuntu alternative-dvd 3 gig size less than 2 minutes.

  4. MrGroove April 14, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Before I moved (a few weeks ago) I was using Verizon FIOS (sold to Frontier Communications) with 35Mbps down and 35Mbps up all for ~ $45 a month. That was more speed than I could actually use and I’m the guy uploading 15Meg .jpg’s and 3 gig HD movies to Smugmug daily.

    So unless your using your home internet to power a Video sharing site or your a dorm room with 30 kids playing WOW, anything about 50Mbps in my opinion is just marketing and a waste of $$$.

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