Faster Download Speeds for Blast! And Extreme 150 Customers at No Extra Charge
ATLANTA: (July 10, 2018) – Comcast is increasing download speeds of some it’s most popular Internet tiers in several southern states, including Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Beginning in July, download speeds for the company’s Xfinity Blast! tier will jump from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps, while Extreme 150 speeds will nearly double from 150 Mbps to 250 Mbps. Today, about 75 percent of Comcast’s Internet customers in the southeast region subscribe to one of these two tiers and will see their download speeds upgraded for no extra charge. Current and new customers can subscribe to these and all Xfinity speed tiers on a stand-alone basis or as part of a package.
In December 2017, Comcast also increased download speeds of its Blast!, Performance, and Performance Starter tiers.
“Faster speeds help ensure that customers have all the speed necessary to power the growing number of devices they are connecting to and controlling in the home – everything from computers, smartphones, and gaming consoles, to more sophisticated home automation services and smart appliances,” said Doug Guthrie, Comcast Regional SVP. “We are constantly trying to enhance the value of our service, whether that’s by boosting speeds, building out our Wi-Fi and fiber networks, or introducing industry leading innovations like Xfinity xFi.”
Today’s announcement follows a number of moves the company has made recently to enhance its high-speed Internet service, including introducing Xfinity xFi, the industry leading platform that lets customers personalize, manage, and control their home Wi-Fi experience, the expansion of its national Xfinity WiFi network, which now includes nearly 19 million hotspots; doubling its network capacity every 18 to 24 months, and launching both 2 gigabit and 1 gigabit-per-second home internet services. Comcast has increased internet speeds 17 times in the past 17 years.
To get the new speeds, most customers, including all xFi users, will simply need to re-start their modems, which either can be done via the xFi app, through the Xfinity My Account app or manually. Customers who lease modems from Comcast and need a new one can upgrade to an xFi Gateway for no additional cost. Other customers who purchased their own modems should check online to see if they need a new device. Comcast will notify customers and provide instructions before the changes take effect.