Comcast raises speeds for most of its Xfinity internet plans

Comcast’s recent speed improvements are now moving beyond the high-end. The cable giant is boosting speeds for most of its Xfinity tiers in the US. The entry-level Performance Starter (aka Connect) plan goes from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps, while the biggest relative gains come in regular Performance customers (Connect More), which go from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps climb. Performance Pro/Fast service is increased from 300Mbps to 400Mbps, while Blast/Superfast users get 800Mbps instead of the previous 600Mbps. And you no longer need Comcast’s best-of-breed plans to break the Gigabit barrier—Extreme Pro and Ultrafast (now Gigabit) customers have upgraded from 900Mbps to 1Gbps.

The flagship Gigabit Extra/x2 plan still tops out at 1.2 Gbps for many customers. Comcast is rolling out 2 Gbps service in additional states and is offering 6 Gbps access in some cases. Telekom hopes to cover over 50 million homes and offices with 2 Gbps by the end of 2025, and plans to offer next-generation “10G” and DOCSIS 4.0 services in the future.

These upgrades aren’t dramatic in most cases, but could make a difference at the lower end by allowing for higher quality streaming and better service for multi-person households. The challenge, of course, is that the competitors don’t just sit around doing nothing. AT&T is deploying 2Gbps and 5Gbps fiber in dozens of metropolitan areas, and Google Fiber will soon offer 8Gbps services alongside resuming expansion. While Comcast is more competitive, it doesn’t always have the fastest options.

The entry hike could also anger regulators. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently proposed raising the definition of broadband to 100 Mbps. A Performance Starter or Connect customer would miss this new target. If this baseline takes effect, Comcast would need to increase speeds again to satisfy the commission and help meet goals of improving Internet access for rural and low-income Americans.

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