Gigabit Pro is coming to Washington.
Comcast’s high-speed, “multi-gigabit” broadband service will be available to more than 1 million Washington customers starting this summer.
Pricing is still being considered for the service, which is already being rolled out in Atlanta, California, Chattanooga, Chicago, Florida and Nashville. Customers in Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Houston will also have access to the fiber network this summer.
DSLReports found several new Comcast websites earlier this month that noted a $300 per month price tag for Gigabit Pro before the company took the pages down.
Comcast spokesman Walter Neary said that Gigabit Pro will be available to “those who live within one-third of a mile of a fiber node.” He recommended that customers call Comcast support to see if their home is eligible.
Gigabit Pro offers symmetrical 2 gigabit-per-second speeds, which is much faster than anything Comcast offers today, and about 100 or 200 times faster than a typical broadband connection. It’s a fiber-to-the-home product that requires installation of “professional-grade equipment” for each customer. Comcast has built more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across the country and said Gigabit Pro will be available to about 18 million homes by the end of 2015.
The company is also launching Extreme 250, a new product that offers 250 Mbps — about 25 times faster than an average connection — for $149.95 a month, to customers in Washington today.
Comcast is facing more fiber-related competition in Seattle as CenturyLink continues to roll out its gigabit service across the region. Wave Broadband also announced today that it will offer its own residential gigabit service to an additional 10,000 folks in Seattle this year. The city is also considering a municipal broadband network that would take advantage of its dormant “dark fiber.”
Comcast noted that it has doubled the capacity of its network in Washington every 18 months over the past several years.