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Comcast increases speed

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Comcast is increasing download speeds for some of its most popular Xfinity Internet packages for residential customers in the Northeast Division, which includes Ohio, West Virginia and 13 other northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. Download speeds for the Northeast Division’s most popular speed tiers – including Performance, Performance Pro and Blast! — have increased by as much as 60-plus percent, helping to power the rapidly-growing number of connected devices in consumers’ homes.

The speed boosts include:

¯ Extreme tier download speeds increasing 50 percent from 400 Mbps to 600 Mbps.

¯ Blast tier download speeds increasing 20 percent from 250 Mbps to 300 Mbps.

¯ Performance Pro tier download speeds increasing more than 30 percent from 150 Mbps to 200 Mbps.

¯ Performance tier download speeds increasing more than 60 percent from 60 Mbps to 100 Mbps.

¯ Performance Starter tier download speeds increasing more than 60 percent from 15 Mbps to 25 Mbps.

About 85 percent of Internet customers in the Northeast Division subscribe to one of these tiers and will have these enhanced download speeds, whether they purchase Xfinity Internet on a stand-alone basis or as part of a package. During the next several weeks, customers who lease a gateway will automatically receive the new speeds. Other customers who purchased their own modems should check mydeviceinfo.comcast.net to see if they need a new device that is capable of handling these faster speeds.

Last year, Comcast boosted download speeds for Blast!, Performance Pro, Performance and Performance Starter customers. The recently announced speed increases are just the latest in a series of moves by Comcast to support growing consumer demand for super-fast, high-capacity Internet connections that can handle not only the explosion of connected devices that are powering the smart home, but also offer a single platform to manage and protect them.

“Modern homes require fast Internet, wall-to-wall WiFi,and a way to manage the connectivity needs of the entire household,” said Kevin Casey, president of Comcast’s Northeast Division. “Faster speeds, combined with Xfinity xFi’s advanced WiFi coverage and controls, give our Internet customers an unmatched experience along with the tools to manage an expanding number of connected devices, apps and constantly-evolving technologies.”

Xfinity xFi is Comcast’s differentiated Internet service, giving customers more speed, the best in-home WiFi coverage and easy-to-use controls over their home WiFi networks. With xFi, customers also can manage their children’s screen time and pause Internet access, as well as protect all their IoT and home automation devices from security threats. XFi customers receive all-in-one modems and Wi-Fi routers, that, when combined with xFi pods, can extend WiFi coverage to hard-to-reach rooms of virtually any home. Additionally, xFi customers receive complimentary access to the nation’s largest network of WiFi hotspots and five lines of Xfinity Mobile service.

Nationally, during the past four years and across Comcast’s service area, the company has quadrupled its overall network capacity and doubled its fiber miles, deployed gigabit speeds to more homes than any other Internet service provider, upgraded all of its speed tiers and rolled out an entirely new class of gateways – the xFi Gateway and the xFi Advanced Gateway – that are designed for higher speeds and blanket most homes with great Wi-Fi coverage.

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