Comcast "Extreme" Broadband Service Outed, Priced

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Colt725

If your account with Comcast is in good standings, call and ask for specials because you are paying too much.  They just might surprise you and give you a great deal.  I have done this several times over the course of two years.

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jakthebomb

There are some major issues i have with the ISPs.  Here are my issues

 

1. Overpriced Plans- Why is it $45+ for just a measly 15Mbps

2. Only Fios, and DSL offer dedicated lines- Why share the 101Mbps with 300+ towns people?

3. Bandwidth Caps- This can be reached WITHOUT STEALING DATA, just watch a few HD Movies with Netflix and you will run though it fast.

4. Limits on what you can do with your connection- For one you can't host servers and other services with most ISPs for home connections.

5. Limited Competition, In my area you have two choices for Broadband, Cablevision and Verizon FIOS.  In other parts of the state, this isn't the case.  My other family members have only one choice, COMCAST.

6. Bandwidth throttling- if i want to use my 101Mbps connection at full load I should be able to do this unrestricted.

 

Come on ISPs you can do better that that.

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Avery

Here is Canada with Shaw Cable I pay $149/ month for a 100 down and 5 up service, with 400GB month allowance. Modem rental included and free install. The company is currently trialing 1TB internet DL speeds on Fibre at the moment in select area's. Not sure on price for that though yet. Exciting times ahead. That comcast plan looks to be on the expensive side for sure.

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keithfreitag

I don't know about thief but more like robin hood

I download tons of stuff through BTs but nothing ever to do jeopardy to a cap limit. What gets me is the streaming of HD movies from Netflix and the Xbox Live gaming.

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snapple00

Who hits 250 gigs a month anyways?

There must be a ton of thieves here...

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Pyrophorics

I have the 50mb service here and my cap is the same as everyone else. The only exception would be business accounts. So as long as the cap stays there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to pay that much for that speed per month.

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TheElite1x721987

I would much....MUCH...rather have a max top speed of say...12 or 16mbps down or so and instead have no bandwidth cap. This is dumb, they set up a 250gig monthly limit, citing bandwidth costs and concerns. How come then, they can release a service level like this? Liars.... 

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omen3330

So you can hit your cap fater =p.

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Torcflaed

I got burned by comcast when they claimed I used to much bandwidth they cut off my service completly.

I'm not a power user the most I used was some bit torrent to DL a few TV shows I missed recording and the amount Comcast said I was useing did not match my router usage logs.

so untill they kill thier bandwidth limits what good is fast speed?

Lets add this up, suppose you get the increadable DL speed of 100Mbps? how long will it take to kill the comcast monthly limit of 250 GB?

1024 Mb per Gig, so 250 gigs is 256000 Mb or 2560 seconds time, this breaks down to useing your entire monthly limit in about 43 minates

like I say, what good is speed with limits like that!

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Peanut Fox

There are actually 8192 Mega Bits in a GB.  

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k11k

All that suppose speed and nothing to do with it. You get cap or they just slow you down. Not to mention the bad as hell service support. Like many other I left for slower speed, but downtime is less and they willing to send a person to my house to help solve the problem. Cromcrap can call them self whaterver (Crapfinity) all they want.

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Wolfy78

I have had both Comcast and AT&T and I prefer Comcast.  I am not going to sit here and bad talk AT&T, but my time with Comcast has been superior.  I have not had any outages and I am only paying for 6 MB download but I am recieving 20+ MB download.  I was paying nearly $70 a month for the 6 MB with AT&T and would usually only get between 4 MB and 5.5 MB Down.  This didn't really bother me, but when I need to save some money I switched to Comcast 6 MB for $19.99 a month for 3 months.  Now that my promo is over I am still only paying $59.99 a month and saving $10.  I really can't complain either because as I said I get 20 MB or more, and on good days I have got as high as 32 MB.  As for 105 MB DLs I couldn't see any use in it when I have no lag with online gaming and my web pages open as soon as I click them with what I have.  I also usually have 2-10 torrents downloading at once.  Maybe people have had bad experience in the past with Comcast, but with all companies that get a bad rap, they have improved. 

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Jeffredo

And Comcast is the worst provider.  Such a shame countries like South Korea make us look like backwoods bumpkins in that area.

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BjaminNYC

I would say you're way of base with this comment.  South Korea only has 15.5 million high speed subscribers vs. the US @ 70 million.  In addition SK's total surface area, much of which is unpopulated and mountainous, is roughly the size on Indiana @ 38k sq miles and oddly enough the 38th largest state in the US.  I'd like to see one of those "bumpkin" South Korean ISP's do even one iota of a better job at servicing a country 92 times larger in size. (US 3.5 million sq miles)

Not sure where you live but my ISP is fast, dirt cheep, and I have not had any services related issues.  I get 20+ MBP's down for under $35 per month.  However this really does prove my point, I live in Manhattan.  It's pretty easy to provide excellent service to densely populated areas, i.e. South Korea.  

 

 

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jgrimoldy

Relative to an average DSL, Comcast's standard service is very fast. 

With the exception of large amounts of BitTorrent downloads, what would be the practical usage of 105Mbps down?

 

 

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omen3330

Multiple users on the same connection.

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thesmilies

Streaming 18 windows of HD pr0n

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US_Ranger

I really can't stand Comcast. My internet goes out at least once a day, I was just triple charged on my bill and when I use livechat or phone support I get stuck with someone who doesn't know English. Right now I'm paying 60 a month apparently for their slowest offerings. When I asked why they said it's because that's the market value of where I live. What a load of crap.

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sammy_sam

This would be sweet if they offered the same price to business and would beat the pants off fiber pricing at comparable speeds. However with the monopoly of certain cable companies in areas it wouldn't be available to all.

 

Right now a local town offers business 10mb up and 10mb down for a little over $400/month.

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vistageek

Might want to recheck your math there.

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vistageek

I did not post the above ^^. Wierd. BTW, that upload is really slow for the price. You should get at least 25 up. Also, at that price, just get a T1 cable.

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lunchbox73

T1 is only 1.5 Mbps up and down and would be stupid for a home user.

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Talcum X

 Lease lines are only run to businesses, not residential housing.  T-1 is so slow compared to most broadband connections these days.  T-3 is more like it at 45Mbps.  Still, it's a lease line, not for home use.

The installer of our comcrap server told us last year that this was going to happen, just didnt' give me a price though.  Aint worth it.  There are so many conjestion points between you and the target server that the chance of actually reaching 105Mbps is slim.  I get 20Mbps which is more than fine for me.

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Danthrax66

You can get business lines to your house if you pay for it sprint has business internet service that you can get to your house in some areas.

Live, Learn, and Shut the Fuck Up. 

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Peanut Fox

Those upload speeds are really low considering the price.  Verizon has 25Mbps up and 25Mbps down for $70.  Besides, what are most people doing that it'd be worth the price to entry?  EDIT:  The price doesn't scale well either.  It cost about an extra 20 cents a Mb.  So much for buying in bulk.  And that install fee.... 

For those who are gonna start to bash, just think.  At least there is an option.  You can't afford it, but hey. 

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The Addictor

Comcast is a horrible company, even their customer service sucks major knobs. Unfortunately, Cable is also seen as a monopoly in most areas. Where I live, they are the ONLY business in town. And when another cable company tried to come and bump in to get in on the business, Comcast sued because they had agreements with the town that there would be no competition for a certain amount of the time.

Their High Speed is horrible now. I am paying extra for 16mbps speed, and it is crap. Speedtest.net puts the speed around 2.78mbps down. 718k up. Where's my speed? I had techs out here, and everything is. according to them "nominal". Got a new PC, cat6 cable all around, gigabit ports in my router as well, and it slows down to a crawl sometimes, even if no one else is on the network. A few years ago, it used to be higher, and I used to get all giddy talking about it. But now, something has changed, \and not for the best.

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Peanut Fox

Your speeds are in line with your agreement.  16Mbps is 2MBps.  Remember these are Mega Bits, not Mega Bytes.  They are not the same.  It's that whole 8bits in a byte thing.  Have you tried testing your DNS?  I know when I switched from my cable companies DNS to OpenDNS, I noticed significant gains in page loads.  The number of stalled paged also dropped to near zero.  Google also offers a free DNS service (like OpenDNS).  Give those a try. 

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Danthrax66

speedtest.net is in mega bits though so it isn't normal.

Live, Learn, and Shut the Fuck Up. 

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Peanut Fox

You're right.

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The Addictor

Yes, I have already used Googles OpenDNS, but stopped using it after awhile. The OpenDNS servers went down one day, and I switched back to my ISPs DNS, and when I went back to OpenDNS a few weeks later, it just wasn't the same as before, it seemed to take much longer for some pages to load. I don't know if I just hit the system while it dropped twice, or what. I'm just not happy. Plus also, I moved to this house almost a year ago, only about 1 street down from where I was living, and I'll tell ya, the speed at my old house was so much faster. My speedtest.net pinged me at around 27Mbps. That was more like it. But again, with the new house, the techs can't find anything wrong and the speeds I'm getting are normal to them.

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hshendon

I say the sooner other companies start entering into the fray for higher and higher speeds, the better.  Even if no one out does Comcast for the speed title and only comes close.  Once that starts happening, the only way to really compete will be price.

No way this speed is affordable for the average or even tech-savvy home now, but if it came down in th $75 per month range, I would bet you would get a lot of enthusiast adopters.

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