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Comcast has laid claim to the title of "nation's largest provider of gigabit broadband" with the announcement that nearly 58 million homes and business have access to its gigabit internet service. Comcast claims its rollout to be the fastest deployment of gigabit speeds to the most locations in the country; Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit service are available to "nearly all" customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Comcast offers faster speeds with multi-gigabit available to business users in Comcast service areas. Comcast notes it has increased speeds 17 times in the last 17 years and that the capacity of its broadband network has doubled every 18-24 months.... Read more...
In early August, we reported that 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had no authority to prevent states from imposing restrictions on municipal internet. This was a result of the FCC stepping in last year in an effort to use its authority to “remove barriers to broadband investment and competition”. However, the courts sided with the states, which said that the FCC’s order impeded on state rights. In the end, this ruling was not a win for the consumers, but clearly favored firmly entrenched big brand operators like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and AT&T, which lobby hard to keep competition at bay (see Google Fiber’s fight in Nashville, Tennessee).... Read more...
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. It should be noted, however,... Read more...
Comcast is now offering its gigabit Internet service in the Atlanta area to compete with Google Fiber, but in reality, it’s unfortunately not really much competition at all. For starters, Comcast is offering the service at $70 per month, which matches the Internet-only Google Fiber package, but you must signup for a restrictive three-year contract to secure that pricing. But the hits don’t stop there — if you forgo the three-year contract, you’ll pay a more princely $139.95 per month AND face monthly 300GB data caps. We hate to say it, but gigabit Internet service with a relatively low 300GB data cap (or any data cap at all for that matter) seems incredibly harsh when you’re paying $140... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that Google has concrete plans to bring its gigabit “Fiber” service to the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas in North Carolina. Today, Google confirmed the Fiber additions in North Carolina along with the inclusion of Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. The Google Fiber newcomers will join Kansas City, Kansas; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory took to the stage today to help announce the arrival of Google Fiber in his state. The Raleigh-Durham area covers a vast swath of North Carolina, and surrounding towns that will receive Google Fiber include Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Garner, and Morrisville. “Bringing Google... Read more...
As recently as mid-December, it looked as though Seattle was going to be the next city to land gigabit Internet service; Seattle, Gigabit Squared, and the University of Washington even announced the 12 areas that were slated to first get service. According to a report from the Puget Sound Business Journal, though, the deal has fallen through. Worse, it’s possible that politics helped kill it. Gigabit Squared and now former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn were together on the effort, but now that a new head honcho is in the big seat, things have changed. New mayor Ed Murray said, though, that Gigabit Squared had some issues even before the recent election. Planned gigabit neighborhoods (Credit:... Read more...