Comcast might not always have the best reputation when it comes to giving customers what they want, but the company could turn that around with its new blazing-fast internet service. Today (April 2), the company announced Gigabit Pro, a 2 Gigabit-per-second fiber internet service that aims to dethrone Google Fiber as the fastest residential Internet in the U.S. when it arrives next month.
Gigabit Pro will start rolling out in Atlanta, where any customer close enough to Comcast's fiber network can have the service installed. The company plans to bring the service to additional cities shortly after, and aims to have Gigiabit Pro in 18 million homes by the end of 2015. Comcast says that Gigabit Pro is symmetrical, meaning you should be able to enjoy download speeds that are as fast as your uploads.
Comcast's new service is twice as fast as Google Fiber, which offers 1GBps speeds. It also has the potential to be more than four times faster than Verizon's FiOS Quantum service, which maxes out at 500 MBps and is available in an $85 monthly Internet and TV package.
While far from ubiquitous, Google Fiber still leads Gigabit Pro in terms of reach. The high-speed service is currently available in Austin, Texas; Kansas City; and Provo, Utah, and will eventually expand to Salt Lake City; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Google Fiber starts at $70 per month for Internet only, and costs $120 per month for Internet and TV.
Comcast has yet to announce how much its Google Fiber competitor will cost, nor has it mentioned how soon the program will expand past Atlanta. It remains to be seen how many customers will adopt Comcast's new super-fast service, but, if enough do, we could eventually see it spread to other major cities.