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Comcast Speed Boost?


January 17, 2005 01:17 AM PST

Ars-Technica is reporting that there may be another speed boost coming from Comcast in the first quarter. If they are correct, users will be boosted from 3mb / 256kb to 4mb / 384kb. Like last time this will be with no price increase - and all it took was a power cycle on the cable modem. According to the article premium service users ($10 more than normal price) will be boosted to 6Mb / 768kb!!! Hey I didn't know they had reduced the price of the premium service to just $10 more. Last time I checked it was almost $100.00 a month. I hope this is true, there is no such thing as too much bandwidth.

Comments (3)
Paul, January 17, 2005 11:21 AM:

Sweet! I'm on comcast in SF and you are correct, there is never too much bandwidth. The latency can never be too low either... I'll never be truly happy with the internet until I sub-millisecond ping times to any point on the Earth ("Damned Lag!").

I also need this.

J, January 17, 2005 03:55 PM:

Upload bandwidth is becoming the limiting factor. You typically can't find a site to feed you 6Mb, but the upload limits VPN and BitTorrent sessions. You can get 1Mb up and down through DSL for under $50, whereas this comcast thing will be $65. Maybe this will pressure cable's pricing down. BTW, this Mega-bit thing is lame. I want to see KB/s When are 2.4 terabit drives coming out? Oh yeah, they're already here... Wait - is that a 1000 megabit per terabit or 1024 megabit per terabit... Definition of kibibit.

John, January 17, 2005 05:11 PM:

Yeah, upstream is important for you torrent heads. It is also important for hosting games. But other than that most users are very asymmetrical. For a typical VPN to work / remote desktop scenario having more downstream bandwidth is really what it is all about. Upstream is just mouse clicks and keyboard presses.

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