Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, will be offering faster speeds to some of their upper tier subscribers at no additional cost. Chicago customers under the Xfinity Blast, Extreme 50, and Performance plan will all see speed increases beginning in March.
In a statement by John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior VP, he said: “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. Whether chatting, surfing, streaming, gaming, Skyping or downloading, families will get the superfast, high-performing Internet service they need, with no extra charge.”
Starting March, subscribers with the Blast plan will go from maximum download speeds of 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps, Extreme 50 customers will get upgraded to maximum download speeds of 105 Mbps, and enjoy upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps, up from 15 Mbps. Customers signed up under the Performance plan will be enjoying download speeds of up to 25 Mbps.
This is excellent news for broadband internet customers who share their home with other heavy internet users. Unfortunately for other Comcast customers outside the Chicago area, the cable MSO has yet to announce plans for rolling out the speed increase to the rest of their service territories.