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Comcast offers 105 Mbps to more than 40 million U.S. homes

Comcast (www.comcast.com) has announced that it’s Extreme 105 (sounds like a radio station!) broadband service is now available to more than 40 million homes in major cities across the country, including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston.

Pricing for the service, which includes up to 10 Mbps upload speeds, is available now for an introductory rate of … wait for it… $105 per month for 12 months as part of a triple play bundle. It also includes a wireless home networking gateway.

It’s all available through the wonders of DOCSIS 3.0.  At 105 Mbps, customers can download a 4 GB movie in about 5 minutes and a standard 300 MB TV show in 20 seconds.

You look at the speed rates being offered today and you have to wonder a little bit about the FCC’s broadband plan that wanted 100 Mbps to 100 million households by 2020.  Verizon FiOS offers up to 150/35 Mbps in most areas and passes 15.6 million “premises.”   

The FCC National Broadband Plan was rolled out in March 2010.  A little over more than one year since the release of the plan, two vendors cover more than 55 million homes with 100 Mbps. 

Defenders will no doubt argue that 1) It’s homes passed, not homes buying and 2) It’s not symmetrical.  Yah, ok, whatever. The point is private industry seems to be rolling along fairly well in meeting this goal without the “hand’ of government, so I’m going to be annoyed if I see people taking bows for this.

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