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Rumor: Comcast Prepping 305Mbps Broadband Tier

Unnamed sources have reportedly informed Broadband Reports that Comcast is planning to offer a 305 Mbps downstream broadband tier sometime before the end of the year in Verizon's FiOS markets. The news follows Verizon's launch of its new Quantum FiOS tiers last month which include a new top shelf of 300 Mbps downstream, 65 Mbps upstream tier for $205 per month.

According to a "reliable source," on Thursday all Comcast employees were treated to a live event stream discussing future Xfinity service plans. Comcast executive Neil Smit talked about the Olympics and an expansion in Spanish language programming while also making references to a faster tier being deployed in Verizon FiOS territories "soon." So far there's no set schedule as to when this will take place.

Currently Comcast's upstream speed for the new tier is unknown. As previously stated, Verizon's service offers an upload speed of 65 Mbps. Despite the download speeds, this feature will play a key role in the ability to sell the new 305 Mbps service to consumers, especially for those who do a lot of video, photo and other hefty uploads to the Internet.

But Comcast may plan to blow past that 65 Mbps limitation with the new service. Last year the company conducted upstream testing that reached speeds of 75 to 100 Mbps. The carrier's current Extreme tier offers 50 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps on the upstream.

As a point of reference, Verizon's 300 Mbps service costs $210 a month, but doesn't come with any sort of data cap, seemingly making it a better deal. Of course, without specifics, that's just speculation -- Comcast could swoop in later this year and offer a highly competitive deal for consumers who want to speed across the Internet. But will it be willing to wave the data cap and associated overage fees?

"Playing higher speed niche audience marketing patty cake keeps up appearances on the competitive front to appease regulators reviewing the deal, even if both companies are less willing than ever to actually compete on price," the report states.

 

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