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December 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Comcast says faster speeds ready, reboot at will

The broadband boost that Comcast announced last month — doubling speeds for most customers in Washington — is taking effect.

Speed increases “will go into effect automatically over the next few days,” the company said in a release. They are characterized as “free” because no price increases are associated with them.

Customers who can’t wait another moment can go ahead and reboot their modems to get the speed boost, the company said.

The “performance” service tier will see speeds increase to 50 megabits per second, up from 25 Mbps. “Internet blast” service will increase to 105 Mbps, up from 50, while “Extreme” service will go from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps.

Speeds can be checked free at Ookla’s speedtest.net.

Some will need a new modem to get the faster speeds. Comcast said it will notify them and suggest hardware upgrades.

Before agreeing to lease a modem from Comcast, it might be worth shopping around for “DOCSIS 3.0” modems, which can handle the faster speeds. They can be purchased for $70 to $100, which is cheaper than a lease over time.

 

 

 

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