comcastComcast is doubling the Internet speeds for customers in Washington state who subscribe to its Blast! and Extreme 50 offerings. The changes are being made at no additional cost, part of an ongoing plan by the state’s largest cable company to boost speeds. The company also said that it is increasing speeds for its Performance plan, boosting those speeds by 30 percent.

Here’s a breakdown of the changes:

—The Blast! plan is increasing download speeds up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps (formerly 4 Mbps). Those plans cost $75 per month as a standalone offering. ($59 bundled)

—The Extreme 50 plan is increasing download speeds up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps (formerly 15 Mbps). Those plans cost $115 per month as a standalone offering. ($100 bundled)

—The Performance plan is increasing download speeds up to 20 Mbps (formerly 15 Mbps) and upload speeds up 4 Mbps (formerly 2 Mbps). Those plans cost $65 per month as a standalone offering. ($49 bundled).

In order to see the changes, Comcast customers will need to power down their modems. (See explanation here). Some customers also may need a new cable modem.

“As customer demands and technology evolve, we continue to increase our broadband speeds to deliver the best, fastest and most reliable Internet experience possible for our customers,” said Len Rozek, senior vice president of Comcast’s Washington market. Comcast has 1.1 million customers in the state.

Comments

  • Viet Nguyen

    Freakin’ hallelujah!!

  • jim lewis

    I hope this works. As Comcast connects up to 400 homes over one physical shared line, performance varies greatly. I assume the SLA will state “up to xxx MBS” and not a state a minimum rate. I pay for maximum speed and get speeds up to 35 Mbps until the neighbors come home around 6 PM. performance varies from 35 to 10 after that.

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      I guess it depends on where you live. Out here in the deep midwest (KS, Central IL), actual speeds frequently exceed advertised speeds, especially for the upper tiers of service.

  • davidds

    My Extreme 50 plan was automatically upgraded to 105Mbs. All I had to do was power off/on my cable modem. Speedtest shows 117Mbs down and 20Mbs up. Works great and Netflix is truly instant viewing. Way to go, Comcast!

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    I wonder if this is a preemptive strike in order to hold customers once GoogleFiber hits? I live in Provo, and we were doubled a few months ago and doubled again today. We’re paying for 35 and getting 105. Thank goodness for competition.

  • Charles

    So I wonder is the Blast + the same as the Extreme 50 cause I am on the Blast+ not the Blast and they are supposedly going to have the upgrades done to accomodate the 105 by Oct 31st here in the Spokane Valley area.

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