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Comcast increasing Internet speeds

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Comcast announced Tuesday that Internet speeds will be doubled for Augusta customers.

The cable company has increased speeds on two XFINITY Internet speed plans: Blast! and Extreme 50, according to a news release.

In April, Comcast also will increase the speed of its Performance plan by more than 60 percent.

On the Blast! plan, download speeds are increasing to about 50 Mbps, and upload speeds will rise to about 10 Mbps. For Extreme 50 customers, download speeds are going to about 105 Mbps, while upload speeds are increasing to about 20 Mbps.

The Performance plan will increase to 20-25 Mbps, downstream and to about 5 Mbps, upstream.

Customers will need to restart their cable modems to activate the new speeds. The new features are available to customers at no additional cost.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/26/13 - 01:49 pm
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"at no additional

"at no additional cost"....haha Right, Comcast. In another couple months you'll raise our rates because you added two or three "great" new channels that no one will ever watch on purpose.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/26/13 - 02:25 pm
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Next will be the announcement

Next will be the announcement that the Comcast internet service will have a filter that prevents users from visiting any web sites that feature firearms and/or accessories.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/26/13 - 02:44 pm
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You Comcast customers, don't

You Comcast customers, don't think that the timing of this announcement wasn't orchestrated by Comcast, because it most certainly was! Yesterday we were told of the sanctions Comcast is putting on United Loan and Firearms, and today they announce the increased speed?? Last night, all these people were SAYING that they were going to cancel Comcast, and right about now all those same people are boasting about what THEIR cable company has done for them....at no cost! What is it that P.T. Barnum said?..."There's a sucker born every minute!"!!

OJP
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OJP 03/26/13 - 04:06 pm
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Comcast's customers can likely thank Google for this.

They are building a fiber optic network that absolutely shames the existing internet providers. Comcast has abused its market position and its customers to the point where once a good alternative is available, it will probably go the way of AOL - unless, of course, it takes steps such as this one.

But take note Comcast, this isn't good enough. This is just a first step.

recoveringaddict
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recoveringaddict 03/26/13 - 05:35 pm
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I am thinking the same as you

I am thinking the same as you csrareader. We will soon have restrictions as to what sites we can visit. Before long, the internet police will be busting down our front doors and taking us away.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/26/13 - 06:52 pm
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Better check your Cable Modems

You will need one that uses DOCSIS 3.0
The older "Wal mart Purchased" modems can't do the higher speeds I am told.

I agree ComcAsst is doing damage control.

Let us eat cake.... until the next rate increase some time around June.

Darby
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Darby 03/26/13 - 06:58 pm
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Not sure this...

changes anyone's mind...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/26/13 - 07:33 pm
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Hope this new speed allows

Hope this new speed allows all the cancelation notices and censorship protest emails to get to them faster.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/26/13 - 07:48 pm
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The bad news is that Comcast

The bad news is that Comcast rate increases will be tied to the consumers download speed.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 03/27/13 - 08:17 am
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Next comes Throttling.

Higher speeds mean more data used. Several companies are already throttling (slowing down) heavy data users. Where I live, one drive through the neighborhood reveals most of the green Comcast cable towers to be missing, open or damaged. Reporting it didn't help. So, if their infrastructure is in bad shape, how on Earth can they make this claim? A train won't run fast if the tracks are broken.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/27/13 - 09:26 am
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If you have every asked Comcast the speed
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question, you will know they tell you it is "dependent on the website from which or to which you are communicating". Comcast cannot increase the speed of a particular website. Just as Comcast is without fault for missing or interrupted programming, loss of picture or sound, because that is the function of the "satellite transmission".

Comcast is defined by its "inferior and cheap hardware" as displayed in the endless lines of customers exchanging defective hardware on River No Watch Pkwy.

18mps down and 3.6mps up at this moment courtesy of www.speakeasy.net speed test. This is Comcast High Speed.

MTBer
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MTBer 03/27/13 - 10:04 am
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Rate increase

My Comcast bill went up again this month, both for cable and internet. I nearly canceled last week. My rates have skyrocketed in the past 18 months, with zero package changes.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/27/13 - 11:33 am
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Pricing - Comcast vs. WOW

My current Comcast Bundle $169.00 a month subject to annual rate increases.

The WOW Bundle with the same level of services and speeds $100.00 per month with a 2 year no rate increase guarantee.

WOW tosses in Phone service in their $100 a month bundle and Comcast charges another $40+ a month.

WOW Annual saving over Comcast
$828 Cable and Internet
$480 for phone.
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$1,328 a year less.

So when WOW gets to the SouthSide, guess what we are doing?

tvgal2011
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tvgal2011 03/27/13 - 01:58 pm
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pfffft!

The timing of this fluff piece couldn't be any worse. "...available to customers at no additional cost." This is almost insulting.

AugustaCableGuy
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AugustaCableGuy 03/27/13 - 02:42 pm
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Faster Internet Speeds.....

Faster internet speeds? Most of us don't need anything that fast and I sell more of what the customer really needs and less of what costs the customer more $. More speed = more cost in most cases. I love the timing of this; I mean I knew the "faster speeds" were coming, still wondering about the timing. I've got fast internet speeds, faster than a speeding bullet, faster than one of "THEIR" customers becoming one of mine.....

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/28/13 - 06:48 am
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They announced a good while
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They announced a good while back that speeds were increasing. I'd rather leave my speed alone since it is sufficient for what I do online and decrease my BILL!!! I have a notebook right next to me now with my monthly bills since I moved into my house (2009)-- Month #1, $91.08. Last month I paid 197.56 (2 ppv movies though). I despise how they advertise how their rates don't change- but they don't shine the spotlight on how most of your initial rates are part of special deals and they can't wait for them to expire so your bill doubles. Then.. If I were to move to satellite then you have to be gone for so long to get new special deals. It's all a scam.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 03/28/13 - 08:10 am
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To nocnoc

Knology or WOW is in parts of the Southside and has been for well over a year. Their internet is the fastest at this time and their low prices are the reason I switched from Comcast. But, they seem to have a bad case of the "Creepies". Every month my bill "creeps" up a few dollars. It's up a tad over forty bucks since the same time last year. And recently their new owner made a public announcement that we should expect "inevitable" rate increases to make them more competitive. Don't make sense but that's what they said. We have few options but at least WOW is more reliable than Comcast when it comes to internet speed and uptime.

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