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March 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Comcast doubling broadband speeds

Comcast today announced that it’s doubling the speed of some broadband services in Washington, following speed upgrades it has been making across the country in recent months.

The move also comes as Comcast faces growing competition from other providers – some offering much faster speeds – in the region, though the Philadelphia based cable giant has steadily increased its speeds over the years.

Download speeds of the company’s “Blast” tier of service are increasing up to 50 Megabits per second, up from 25, while upload speeds are increasing to 10 Mbps, up from 4 Mbps. Blast costs $59 with a TV or voice bundle or $75 standalone.

“Extreme 50″ service download speeds are being increased to 105 Mbps, up from 50, and uploads are increasing to 20 Mbps, up from 15. It costs $100 per month with a bundle or $115 standalone.

The “Performance” plan bundled with TV and voice services will see downloads up to 20 Mbps, up from the previous 15, and upload speeds increase to 4 Mbps, up from 2 Mbps.

Customers need to restart their cable modems to see the increased speeds. The company will contact customers if they need a new modem to get the faster speeds. Details on Comcast modem types is available here.

People who had been paying extra to get 105 Mbps service – with the “Extreme 105 Mbps” plan – won’t see speeds double to 210 Mbps. Instead they’ll get a discount. Prices vary depending on packages, but the list price of Extreme 105 will fall from $200 to $115, or $100 if bundled with other products.

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