Comcast launches 50Mbps broadband... for $150 per month


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Comcast launches 50Mbps broadband... for $150 per month

Comcast has been promising that DOCSIS 3.0 goodness would be coming to its customers this year, and the cable giant is about to make good. Starting tomorrow, Comcast's new "extreme high-speed" Internet tier will be available to subscribers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, including Hudson, Wisconsin. Download speeds will top out at 50Mbps while uploads will be capped at 5Mbps. But all of that speed comes at a price: $149.95 per month for consumers, and $199.95 per month for business class service.

Comcast spokesperson Charlie Douglas characterized the price as "competitive," saying that it's roughly the same as what Verizon charges for similar speeds on its FiOS network. That's more or less accurate, but there's a wide gap between the 50/5 tier and the next one down, 8/2, which costs $52.95 per month for video customers. Still, if you're willing to pay for it, the superfast Internet is there.

"This announcement marks the beginning of the evolution from broadband to wideband," said Comcast High-Speed Internet SVP Mitch Bowling. "We believe wideband will usher-in a new era of speed and Internet innovation for today’s digital consumers. Wideband is the future, and it's coming fast."

How fast? Douglas said that the company intends to have DOCSIS 3.0 and the accompanying 50Mbps tier available to 20 percent of its customers by the end of 2008. It should be available nationwide by the middle of 2010. And 50Mbps is only the beginning; Comcast plans to up the speeds to at least 100Mbps in the next couple of years. DOCSIS 3.0 is theoretically capable of 160Mbps speeds, which gives the company some headroom to increase speeds.

There's something for the rest of Comcast's Twin Cities' subscribers as well. Those on the lowest, 6Mbps/384Kbps tier will see their upload speeds jump to 1Mbps. 8Mbps Performance Plus customers will see 1Mbps upload speeds double to 2Mbps.

Since Comcast made its DOCSIS 3.0 intentions official at CES this year, there has been a lot of speculation about where the first deployment would show up. Some analysts believed that those with access to Verizon's FiOS or possibly AT&T's U-Verse networks would be first to see Comcast's "extreme high-speed" offerings. Instead, Comcast is rolling it out in the Twin Cities first, an area served by Qwest and with no superfast broadband competition. "We chose the Twin Cities because they have done an excellent job operationally on other rollouts we have done," Douglas told Ars.

When asked if Comcast would manage its DOCSIS 3.0 network any differently, Douglas reiterated the company's decision to alter its traffic management practices that are currently under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission. "We're committed to changing our network management process from what they are today by the end of the year, and we just need time to work that all out," Douglas said. "We're going to work not just with BitTorrent, but a lot of other P2P companies, the Internet Engineering Task Force, academics, and others to get together and come up with a better way to manage the network."

Geeks around the country have been salivating at the thought of 50Mbps downloads, and it's great to see such high speeds finally spreading beyond Verizon's FiOS network. The price is likely to be a deal-breaker for a lot of people—$149 is a lot to pay for broadband, even if it's blazing fast. It sounds as though Comcast is open to the possibility of dropping the price if the new offering is widely ignored. "It's too early to talk about future price drops," said Douglas. "A lot of this is going to be about consumer demand and the response that we see. We'll adjust based on consumer demand." The company may have to if it expects to get more than a small handful of subscribers to sign up for 50Mbps speeds.

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Once you approach speeds of around 5 Mbps, a normal consumer wouldn't care any more. Its enough to stream video and run torrents at an acceptable speed. What exactly would people do with 50 Mbps? Its wasted bandwidth and money in my opinion.


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I'd do alot with that. I'd download TBs and remember HD streaming is the future which would be smoother with 50mbps...

I aint probably never gonna see that in pakistan.


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I’d do alot with that. I’d download TBs and remember HD streaming is the future which would be smoother with 50mbps…

I aint probably never gonna see that in pakistan.

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Hmmm, my friends in USA CAN get two 1080i feeds and 6-20 Mbit/sec Internet over the same line, it is called cable… Hell, it even has on-demand programming.There is already 20 mbit/sec+ services available in a large number of the major cities in the US and they ALL have ~12 Mbit/sec DSL and/or cable available. What is the need for 50 Mbit/sec? What does 50 Mbit/sec offer you that you currently can’t get? My friend currently get HDTV, on demand programming, telephone service AND 6+ Mbit/sec Internet over the same cable line and ANYONE in the city of Chicago can get that. yes, it would be nice to have 50 Mbit/sec in your home but honestly there is no need of 50mbit/sec currently…


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Whoever thought of 2mb in Pakistan with reasonable price,gradually we will proceed. (InshAllah o TAllah)


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Once you approach speeds of around 5 Mbps, a normal consumer wouldn’t care any more. Its enough to stream video and run torrents at an acceptable speed. What exactly would people do with 50 Mbps? Its wasted bandwidth and money in my opinion.
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I agree. Unless the connection’s being shared at home between multiple users who all have a knack for torrenting :D


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50mbps means faster data rate. right? why would someone not need/want that on a reasonable price? thee is always a need for faster connection.heck I'd even get 1gbps if i can afford it. :D


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Once you approach speeds of around 5 Mbps, a normal consumer wouldn’t care any more. Its enough to stream video and run torrents at an acceptable speed. What exactly would people do with 50 Mbps? Its wasted bandwidth and money in my opinion.
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You have no idea… :D

If were to have this sort of connection, i will show you how to consume it… ;) OR atleast start me own cable network(in pk) and will give 1mbps speed in 750rs to every user… not more than 50 users though :)

If somebody can’t find a use for 50mbps connection, don’t say its waste of bandwidth or money :)


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I wish i get 1/50 of that speed.


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I wish i get 1/50 of that speed.
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Janu if you live in pk, its a lifetime of wishing for almost everything.

I think we all should have our own personal wishing wells by now :)


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Even if you get a 50mbps connection and even if you think you can make alot of use of it, think again. Will you ever get the time to watch the videos you download? Will you have the space to store all the videos on your hard drive? Im using 1mbps and ive downloaded loads of videos that i havent yet watched which are still on my hard drive and were downloaded like a week ago.


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Even if you get a 50mbps connection and even if you think you can make alot of use of it, think again. Will you ever get the time to watch the videos you download? Will you have the space to store all the videos on your hard drive? Im using 1mbps and ive downloaded loads of videos that i havent yet watched which are still on my hard drive and were downloaded like a week ago.
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There’s more to downloading than just storing it on your hard drive… ;)


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If somebody can’t find a use for 50mbps connection, don’t say its waste of bandwidth or money :)
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Exactly! +1


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Yes I can link a server to dalnet,undernet,mIRC but for that I need 100mbps


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If somebody can’t find a use for 50mbps connection, don’t say its waste of bandwidth or money :)
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Very well said


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Even if you get a 50mbps connection and even if you think you can make alot of use of it, think again. Will you ever get the time to watch the videos you download? Will you have the space to store all the videos on your hard drive? Im using 1mbps and ive downloaded loads of videos that i havent yet watched which are still on my hard drive and were downloaded like a week ago.
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Who cares man… the charm here is having a 50 meg connection. and besides if i get a 50 meg connection, i wouldn’t watch anything less than 1080p ;)