Comcast Brings DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Internet To Nashville For $70 Per Month With 3-Year Contract Or Double Without

If you’re a Nashville resident that’s looking to hop on the gigabit internet bandwagon and don’t won’t to wait around for the Google Fiber network build-out, you have a new option. Comcast today announced that its DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit internet service trial is now available to residents and businesses in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

Nashville is only the second market in the country to boast DOCSIS 3.1 service, following Comcast’s rollout in Atlanta just over a year ago. The good thing about going the DOCSIS 3.1 route is that Comcast can take advantage of gigabit internet speeds using existing cabling infrastructure that is already running to homes and businesses.

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It should be noted, however, that using existing cabling also has its downsides. While customers without a doubt receive 1Gbps downloads, uploads are limited to just 35 Mbps, which may or may not be a deal breaker for potential customers. On the other hand, Comcast’s faster, fiber-based Gigabit Pro service offers symmetrical 2gbps speeds (at exorbitantly expensive prices).

"We’re delivering on our promise to make Nashville customers among the first in the world to enjoy this new Gigabit technology," said Comcast Regional SVP Doug Guthrie. "The capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1 are incredibly exciting, and we are proud to be the first to market with a Gigabit offering that runs over our existing cable infrastructure."

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Comcast’s gigabit internet service in Nashville is priced at $70 per month, which is the same as Google Fiber (although Google Fiber offers symmetrical 1Gbps upload/download speeds). Where Comcast “gets you”, however, is that you have to sign up for a three-year contract to receive that $70 pricing. If you decide to forgo a contract, you’ll be paying double that price, or $140 per month.

New or existing Comcast customers are encouraged to to inquire about joining the trial.