updated 01:45 pm EDT, Tue June 9, 2009
Comcast 50Mbps in Wash DC
Comcast today expanded its DOCSIS 3.0-based cable modem service to Washington, D.C. with a price cut to match. The US capital has the same 50Mbps peak downloads and 10Mbps peak uploads as other areas but has had the price of the service drop substantially, down $40 to $100 per month. It's not specified whether the cut applies just to the Washington area or if other regions also receive the price cut today, though a leak regarding the cut said it would apply broadly on June 20th.
Other tiers in the area get speed upgrades at their existing prices, with the $63 Ultra tier moving to 22Mbps down and 5Mbps up, Performance Plus to 16Mbps and 2Mbps down, and the regular Performance tier to 12Mbps with similar upload speeds. All tiers are still limited by a 250GB monthly transfer cap.
A separate slip has suggested the price drop is meant to clear room for a 100Mbps service that would occupy the previous $140 point. The cable provider's upgrades to 50Mbps and eventually 100Mbps are intended to give it the performance crown and are especially geared to heading off incursious by Verizon's FiOS service, which peaks at 50Mbps today but can scale to 100Mbps in the future.