updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu May 28, 2009
Comcast 100Mbps Soon
Comcast may be on the verge of upgrading its DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet access to 100Mbps, a rumor says. Currently capped at 50Mbps downstream, the service is said to be getting as much as 40Mbps to 50Mbps more bandwidth "any day now." The source for the Inquirer doesn't say whether existing 20Mbps upload speeds would also get an upgrade or whether the 250GB cap and prices would change from the $140 pre-tax per month for the faster service.
The provider has promised an upgrade for the new speed for some time but missed its early goal of 100Mbps by 2008. Network capacity is believed to be one of the key obstacles to the upgrade. Comcast hasn't addressed the new rumor.
DOCSIS 3 improves speed by bonding multiple cable channels together and, at 100Mbps, could download a typical downloadable HD movie in about four minutes.