A few updates from your neighborhood broadband providers:
Comcast today announced a new tier of service, the “Extreme 105 Mbps,” which is now available in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Denver and other large markets. The top speed was previously 50 Mbps, which became available in late 2008.
If ordered with a “triple play” bundle, the service is available with 12-month introductory rate of $105 per month. After the intro rate expires, the service will cost $129.95 per month.
At that speed, you can download a 4 gigabyte high-def movie in five minutes, a standard-def TV show in 20 seconds and an album in three seconds, according to Comcast’s release.
You could also hit Comcast’s 250 gigabyte per month download limit in about five hours.
Simultaneously, Frontier Communications announced that it has spent $5.2 million to expand its broadband service in 11 counties in Washington state.
The effort brings Frontier’s broadband to an additional 14,100 homes in 21 communities in Chelan, Clark, Douglas, Grant, Grays Harbor, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima counties.
Frontier pledged to spend $40 million upgrading and expanding broadband in Washington after it took over Verizon’s phone business in the region last year. A spokeswoman said the remaining $35 million or so will be spent extending broadband to rural areas by the end of 2013.