Do you really need download speeds of more than 100 megabits per second in your house? (Come on, really?) At any rate, if the answer is truly yes, Comcast has a solution for you, if you’re willing to add a sizable premium to your already sizable monthly bill.

The company this morning announced the availability of its new “Extreme 105” service in major markets including Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

The introductory rate for the super-fast service is $105 a month for the first 12 months, as part of a Triple Play bundle. It’s also available as a standalone service.

So what could you do with 105 Mbps? Here’s a Comcast chart showing the possibilities …

Download Example Time at 105 Mbps Time at 6 Mbps
High-definition movie (4 GB) 5 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes
Standard-definition movie (1.5 GB) 2 minutes 30 minutes
Standard-definition TV show (300 MB) 20 seconds 7 minutes
Music album (10 songs or 40 MB) 3 seconds 50 seconds

The company says the service uses DOCSIS 3.0 technology, and comes with its own wireless gateway.

Update: The price for a standalone “Extreme 105” service, without a Triple Play bundle, is $199.95 a month — i.e., almost $200. As part of the Triple Play bundle, the price in the second year varies by market, from $105 to $149.95. In Washington state, it’s $129.95 per month.

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  • Nokito

    Do want!

  • Joe

    Whoopee, I have had 100mpbs for some time now. Comcast is late to the game and way overpriced. I pay 50.00 a month and will never go back to slumcast…

    • Pspag

      and how is that joe

      • Joe


        • Anonymous

          Comcast – available to millions (?) of customers nationwide.
          CascadeLink – available to 10 properties in Seattle:

          Not really a valid comparison.

          • Joe

            Correct, but affordable for millions? Unlikely. My comment nonetheless stands true.

    • barbara

      hi joe what internet service provider do you have for 50.00/month? that’s cheap and what speed is it?

  • Joe the Coder

    and so my love-hate relationship with comcast continues. $105/month intro rate??? Or is that just the triple play bundle intro rate? what does it shoot up to after you’re hooked? Lots of questions on this one but ultimately, I’m not going to shell out that much even at the regular rate. Man, their $55/m rate is ridiculous.

    • Guest

      $55 per month for 20 Mbps = $2.75 per megabit per month.

      $130 per month for 105 Mbps = $1.23 per megabit per month.

      I’m glad you’re “Joe the Coder” and not “Joe the Economist.”

      • Joe the Coder

        Ignoring your misuse of the units, why do I need the higher speed? I get everything i need with “6 mbps” plan. We should all spend more? I don’t suppose you get the point though. Note also that is the intro rate and generally, comcasts intro rates are about half the regular rate. So, the cost per unit of bandwidth will be pretty close.

        If you really need the super high speed, go for it but I’m way happy with the current service speed. Not so much their uptime, though.

        And Joe the Economist says you should pay as little as possible.

  • Jason Preston

    For me it would be more about the capacity to do things simultaneously. Right now I’m subscribed to 30mbps and, for example, it’s not enough to simultaneously:

    – Watch Netflix Streaming
    – Play Counter-Strike or World of Warcraft

    Seems like a fairly reasonable thing to want to do. What if you have three people in a household? Maybe you’d also want to:

    – Stream music

    The numbers are also misleading. Comcast advertises (and provides) “UP TO” internet service. It’s a bit like going to the supermarket and buying a carton of “up to” 12 eggs. What’s actually in the box depends on how many eggs other people are buying.

    Not a great deal for the consumer. Faster advertised speeds are great, but what would be nice is real competition to spur delivery of a high quality product.

    • Joe the Coder

      good point. On my Comcast “up to 6Mpbs” service, I’ve never measured higher than 4.5Mbps – even at 3AM.

      On my “6Mbps” service, I regularly have no problem watching Netflix, streaming Rhapsody and having a kid play an on-line game (not sure what it was, though). No complaints were heard though. Well, there are complaints when Comcast just goes away. Typically, it lasts for 30-60 seconds. This happens several times a day.

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