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Comcast vs. Verizon FiOS: New Ads Slam Xfinity; Increased Comcast Broadband Speeds Rumored

Phillip Dampier April 8, 2010 Broadband Speed, Comcast/Xfinity, Competition, Verizon, Video 3 Comments

Verizon FiOS has upped the ad war against Comcast, one of its competitors in several northeastern cities.  In a new series of ads, Verizon is taking on Comcast’s “name change” to Xfinity, implying it’s the same old Comcast just using a new name.

Comcast may be fighting back, but not with a response ad.  Today, Broadband Reports hears word from a Comcast insider the company is planning on boosting broadband speeds later this year.

According to the source, the new Comcast tiers will be 12/2 Mbps, 20/4 Mbps, 50/10 Mbps, and 100/25 Mbps. Current 22/5 customers will be grandfathered, according to the source, and Comcast apparently hopes to get that 100 Mbps tier into about 20% of their footprint this year.

Comcast’s current speeds differ depending on whether you’re in a DOCSIS 3.0 upgraded market or not. Non DOCSIS 3.0 market customers currently have the choice of three tiers: 6/1 Mbps, 8/2 Mbps, and 16/2 Mbps. DOCSIS 3.0 upgraded markets have their choice of 12/2 Mbps, 16/2 Mbps, 22/5 Mbps, or 50/10 Mbps.  Much later this year it looks like Comcast users will also start seeing some faster upstream speeds.

Verizon FiOS has the capability to beat Comcast’s broadband speeds over its entirely-fiber-based network, but not everyone can sign up for FiOS.  Comcast may not want to give away the broadband speed store in areas where the now indefinitely-grounded FiOS service will never go.

Comcast’s new Xfinity brand is the target of a new round of advertising from Verizon FiOS.  (2 minutes)

Currently there are 3 comments on this Article:

  1. Tim says:

    Wait, are you telling me that fierce competition gets you higher speeds? Who would of thought? Too bad there isn’t more competition to drive down the prices…

  2. Counterclockwise says:

    Has nothing to do with competition.

    Comcast increased, ( and is increasing), speeds even in areas where there is no competition . . . it’s just the new technology, and they want everyone to switch to it. They startws with larger areas first, of course, bu they’ll be doing that everywhere they can. Although some rural areas might not be getting DOCSIS 3 at all if they predict the area is too small for the upgrade to offer a savings until the next big upgrade is developed.

    This way, they can seem like the good guys letting you get 2.5x the speed you’re accustomed to for similar pricing . . . but in reality, that’s using about half the resources it used to, and that reduction comes at a very small initial investment for them. They’re saving money per month using the new technology and giving you far less than they’re capable of.

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