Comcast boosting speeds of its Internet plans for free

Comcast boosting speeds of its Internet plans for free

CHICAGO — Comcast will increase the speeds of its Blast and Extreme 50 Internet plans in March for no additional cost, the company announced Tuesday.

The Blast plan will increase its maximum download speed from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps and its maximum upload speed from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

Extreme 50 will increase its maximum download speed from 50 Mbps to 105 Mpbs and its maximum upload speed from 15 Mbps to 20 Mbps.

To activate the new speeds when they become available, customers need to restart their cable modems, Comcast stated in a release.

In April, Comcast plans to increase the speed of its Performance plan as well.

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Bulldogmojo wrote on February 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Call me cynical but the word "free" and "Comcast" in the same article? Come on. I'm guessing there is some future termination date set by some board on that whole "free" thing. It's enough to make a cat laugh.

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Since they are boosting all of their plans at some point in time, it is free.  There would be no other options; and that would appear too much like a "monopoly" of the market.  I agree though that the word "free" linked with Comcast is a rarity.

I lost my Comcast on my television in the past during an event.  I called them to report it immediately.  I was told that I was the only one in my area who had called so far.  Therefore, I had to wait until a second person reported it.  I had them talk to my wife.  It came back on about 20 minutes later.  Of course, I missed most of the rest of the game because she was steamed about Comcast.  Eye contact, and nods while keeping one ear on the game......  I don't like multi-tasking, but sometimes it is necessary.

cretis16 wrote on February 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hey, we can move to a certain neighborhood and get the giverment giveaway internet..UC2B.

SaintClarence27 wrote on March 01, 2013 at 9:03 am

(Insert Mark Taylor sarcasm here)

I think UC2B will be great, and this is probably at least partially a necessity for Comcast to keep up.

jdmac44 wrote on February 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Eh, your actual download speeds are only as fast as the server of the website that you're DL'ing from and even then I've never seen the maximum promised bitrate when tested.  I haven't seen the true promise of broadband speed since the early days when I first got cable internet thirteen years ago.  It's all for the sake of advertising.

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thanks for the technical explanation.  Makes sense.

sameeker wrote on February 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

They always throw in the words "up to" a certain speed. That is their loophole. They should be required to advertise their typical speed across the board.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on February 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm
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Meanwhile, AT&T's DSL creeps along at about 1 Mbps per day. I guess they've geared all their resources toward selling me a more expensive package.


Oop, there's another knock at the door ...

Thanatos wrote on March 01, 2013 at 9:03 am

Considering Comcast just raised my internet price by $5 2 months ago they have a hilarious definition of the word "free."

Go to hell, Comcast!

commonfolk wrote on March 06, 2013 at 9:03 am

Left Comcast over a year ago and have no complaints. I don't mind paying a premium for a service that works great and I have to admit that I rarely ever had a problem with them. The problem I ran into is that they have just gotten too big for their britches. Their customer service is awful. I would rarely call but any time I did I was ready to throw the phone from getting so angry from dealing with rude people. Luckily ATT Uverse was available in my area and have had only one outage that lasted 1 night. Speeds are a constant 11Mbps. Yes my upload rates aren't great but I XBox game on it and have no problems. Only $30 a month and through directv I get a $10 off a month. Only complaint that I've had with uverse is you have to use their idiot box of a modem/router. I have my own stuff and don't like that I had to pay for more equipment that wasn't cheap. It doesn't even support upnp. However I would rather give up some liberties then to give comcast even one more cent.

Orbiter wrote on March 06, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Comcast could cut their subscription costs if they'd stop sending me (and untold zillions of others) big advertising circulars every week.  No, I do NOT want your service, thank you. Now go away and leave me alone. 

Another reason I don't do business with them is that they never tell you the regular, full price of the service, only the promotional 90-day (or whatever) rate. Makes it impossible to really know what you're agreeing to pay for.  Sure I could call them and try to get an answer, but why don't they just honestly tell us what they're charging upfront? (Answer: because it's TOO MUCH)