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Comcast to Give S.F. Area High-Speed Broadband

4 Mar, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

San Francisco Bay Area residents will soon have access to two faster Internet packages from cable and Internet provider Comcast.

Starting March 4 in Silicon Valley, Monterey and the Tri-Valley area, the service — which enables downloads at either 22MB or 50MB per second, and is dubbed “wideband” — will be offered to Oakland, San Francisco and other Bay Area residents as the year progresses.

“Wideband utilizes our existing fiber-optic network in neighborhoods across our footprint,” said Steve White, SVP of Comcast's California region. “With this next generation of service, our customers’ online experience is dramatically enhanced.”

Comcast estimates users on the 50MB package will be able to download a high-definition movie in about 16 minutes and a standard-def movie in five minutes.

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