Launch of DOCSIS 3.0 Technology Also Means Faster Speeds at No Additional Cost for
Existing Comcast High-Speed Internet Customers
Independence, MO – December 8, 2009 – Comcast, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today unveiled its ground-breaking 50 Mbps Extreme High-Speed Internet service for consumers in the company’s Independence, MO and Olathe, KS service areas. As part of a nationwide rollout of new speeds, Comcast is offering area residents one of the fastest broadband services available in the U.S. today: up to 50 Mbps downloads and 10 Mbps uploads.
Comcast is also launching its Ultra tier of high-speed Internet service, featuring speeds of up to 22 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. In addition, existing Comcast high-speed Internet customers will enjoy even faster Internet access – including TWICE the current download speeds – at no additional cost.
Extreme 50 High-Speed Internet service is a result of Comcast’s deployment of wideband DOCSIS 3.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications) technology, which sets a new standard for delivering high-speed Internet service access fiber-optic cable networks. “We are excited to deliver these new wideband speeds to customers,” said Dave Williams, vice president and general manager, Comcast Independence / Olathe. “We’ve received overwhelmingly positive response to these faster speeds in markets where the service is already available, and we’re confident of their popularity in the Independence and Olathe area as well.”
New Residential Tiers
- Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $99.95/month.*
- Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at $62.95/month.*
With Extreme 50, Comcast customers, for example, will be able to download a high-definition movie (6 GB) in about 16 minutes, a standard-def movie (2 GB) in about 5 minutes and a standard-def TV show (300 MB) in a matter of seconds. Customers with Extreme 50 also will be able to download digital photos, songs and games faster than ever. (*Pricing for multi-product Comcast customers.)
New Speeds for Existing Customers
Performance tier customers will benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds, offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.
Performance Plus customers will be upgraded to Comcast’s Blast! tier, which will double their download speeds to up to 16 Mbps and provide up to 2 Mbps of upload speed.
Plus, with PowerBoost technology, Comcast High-Speed Internet customers are able to enjoy even faster speeds to download and upload files such as videos, games, music and photos.
Comcast’s new Extreme 50 and Ultra 22 Mbps high-speed Internet tiers will be available to Independence and Olathe area Business Services customers as well, beginning Tuesday, December 15, at competitive commercial pricing, and will include features like Microsoft Communications Services, Windows Sharepoint, web hosting, Mobile Support and more.
These announcements propel the Independence and Olathe area into one of the most advanced high-speed Internet communities in the nation and showcase the power of Comcast’s advanced digital, high-capacity fiber-optic network, a flexible, scalable infrastructure that is ready to expand into the future. The result is an unmatched consumer and business experience that will continue to converge video, high-speed Internet and digital phone services with future applications like Universal Caller ID to the TV and PC, viewable voice mail and the ability to program DVRs remotely.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers, 15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
Twin Cities Region Media Contact:
Mary Beth Schubert