After testing its gigabit internet service with one user in Philadelphia back in December, Comcast is nearly ready to rollout the service on a much wider scale. Comcast will make the 1Gbps service available in Nashville and Atlanta early this year, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami to follow later in 2016.
customers won't need to pay hefty installation fees for the service
This matches the rollout plan Comcast used for its $300 a month 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service, which is now available in 18 million homes, according to the company. The biggest difference between the two offerings — besides the speed — is customers won't need to pay hefty installation fees (up to $1,000) for Comcast's standard gigabit service, as it doesn't run over fiber optic cables that Gigabit Pro utilizes. Comcast says most customers will simply need a DOCSIS 3.1 modem to handle the speeds.
The company did not state whether it would deploy its data cap on the gigabit service as it has done in many markets. In a statement to Ars Technica, Comcast declined to speak on pricing for the service as well. "We don't have product details to share today in terms of price or data plans." Well that sounds swell.
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