Comcast Rolling Out 2-Gigabit Broadband Service2 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Cost unknown for service reportedly twice as fast as Google Fiber
Comcast April 2 announced it would begin next month offering ultra-high-speed broadband service — dubbed Gigabit Pro — to 1.5 million customers in Atlanta — the fastest residential Internet service in the country. Cost for the 2-gigabit-per-second service to be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home system was not disclosed.
Gigabit Pro will be available to any home within close proximity of Comcast’s fiber network. Comcast has been delivering up to 10Gbps Ethernet service to businesses since 2010. To date, the cabler has built out more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across its service area.
The new broadband service would be about twice as fast as Google Fiber — heretofore the nation’s fastest Internet service — and Verizon FiOS Quantum. Google Fiber, which costs $70 a month, is available in Kansas City; Austin, Tex., and Provo, Utah.
While Comcast is the No. 1 domestic cable operator, ongoing dissemination of video entertainment via on-demand and over-the-top video services requires increasingly faster Internet speeds. As the nation’s largest ISP, Comcast is attempting to bridge the divide between traditional multichannel video program distribution and digital.
Earlier this month, Comcast announced a technology partnership with the Atlanta Braves to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to residences and businesses throughout the team’s new mixed use and stadium development project.
"Our approach is to offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible, not just to certain neighborhoods," Doug Guthrie, SVP of Comcast Cable’s South Region, said in a statement.