Full speed ahead: Comcast announces plan to boost internet service

Comcast has announced that it is doing the faster internet for more than 20 million of its customers.

“The nation’s largest gigabit network is ramping up the speed of its most popular plans starting this week, giving customers an even better connectivity experience as they stream the latest 4K blockbuster, online gaming, video conferencing and more. again, all at the same time. With this latest round of speed increases, Xfinity continues to deliver unmatched value compared to other providers – including significantly faster speeds and better reliability than mobile and 5G home internet,” comcast said this week.

It follows the recent network deployment by the company.

According to Comcast, the gears change in different amounts depending on the user’s plan.

The “Performance Starter/Connect” plan goes from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps, while “Performance/Connect More” goes from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. The “Performance Pro/Fast” will go from 300 Mbps to 400 Mbps. “Blast/Superfast” will drop from 600 Mbps to 800 Mbps, while “Extreme Pro/Gigabit (formerly Ultrafast)” will drop from 900 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

“The number of connected devices in Xfinity homes has grown 12x since 2018, and the need for fast, reliable, and secure internet will continue to grow,” said Bill Connors, president of Xfinity, Comcast Cable, in the ‘announcement. “That’s why today Xfinity is increasing speeds for most of our customers across the country.”

As rated by Engadget, several Comcast competitors have also seen speed increases in recent months. AT&T and Google Fiber recently announced speed upgrades. The site also noted that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offered to change the definition of minimum broadband speeds. This standard has been set at 25/3 Mbps since 2015.

The FCC’s “notice of investigation” proposes raising the national broadband standard to 100 megabits per second for downloading and 20 megabits per second for uploading, and “discusses a range of evidence at the supporting this standard, including requirements for new networks funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Internet users’ needs have long exceeded the FCC’s 25/3 speed metric, especially during a global health pandemic that has moved much of life online,” the FCC Chairman said. Jessica Rosenworcel, in a change proposal in July. “The 25/3 metric is not only backward, it is harmful because it obscures the extent to which popular neighborhoods and rural communities are left behind and left offline. That’s why we need to raise the standard for minimum broadband speeds now and while aiming even higher for the future, because we need to set big goals if we want everyone, everywhere to have a fair chance. to succeed in the 21st century.

Stephen Silver, technology writer for national interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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