Comcast today announced it has increased the speeds of two of its Xfinity Internet tiers in the Northeast, at no additional cost to customers. The increase marks the 13th time in the past 12 years that Comcast has increased its speeds.
“There is a barrage of devices coming online every day and we are staying ahead of demand through faster speeds and best-in-class wireless gateways,” said Marcien Jenckes, Executive Vice President of Consumer Services for Comcast Cable. “We’re making it easier for families to get more value from the Internet, across more devices, and will continue to make our service a fast and reliable experience for customers.”
In the Northeast, the Xfinity Internet Blast tier now offers speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps), and the Xfinity Extreme 105 tier offers speeds up to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps). This is the second time in two years that Comcast has doubled its Blast tier.
The new speed tiers will be available to customers in the vast majority of Comcast’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 Northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. To get access, most customers will just re-start their modems. Some customers may need to upgrade their modems to receive the increased speeds. A list of approved modems can be found online. Customers who lease modems from Comcast will be upgraded at no additional charge.Most Xfinity Internet customers enjoy complementary access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots by selecting “xfinitywifi” from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast ID or email and password. Hotspots can be found by either downloading the Xfinity WiFi App, available on iOS and Android devices, or visiting the hotspot finder map on www.xfinity.com/wifi. In addition, Comcast helps keep its Xfinity Internet customers secure online for no additional fee with the Constant Guard security suite (a $360 value), which includes the top-rated Norton™ Security Suite (antivirus software), identity theft protection and protection for mobile banking and shopping.
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