Comcast announced today that it is launching a new internet service in Boston that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential customers. These speeds will be among the fastest and most widely available and include access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network of more than 17 million hotspots. Combined with the company’s recently launched Xfinity xFi platform, a new and personalized home Wi-Fi experience, Comcast is giving customers the fastest speeds, the best Wi-Fi coverage, and ultimate Wi-Fi control in their homes.
The company has completed its deployment of the service throughout the City of Boston, and also plans to launch 1 Gigabit service in Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Charlottesville, VA; Baltimore, MD; Harrisburg, PA; and Lancaster, PA over the coming weeks. Additional areas will deploy on a rolling basis through the summer and fall. In all of these areas, the everyday price for 1 Gigabit service is $104.95 a month, without a term contract, and a promotional price of $79.99 a month for 12 months is being offered.
“With the launch of our 1 Gigabit residential service, adding to the best in-home Wi-Fi experience and our recent launch of XFINITY xFi, we continue to deliver an unparalleled Internet experience for our customers in terms of speed, control and reliability,” said Tracy Pitcher, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “We know consumers need an Internet provider that can deliver speed, and we have been on a pace of doubling our network capacity every 18 to 24 months, ensuring that we stay well ahead of demand.”
Last month, Comcast launched Xfinity xFi, a platform that provides a simple digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime. Outside the home, most Xfinity Internet customers also have complimentary access to nearly 17 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
“Fast, reliable broadband is essential for Boston’s success,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I look forward to Comcast bringing its latest technology and fastest speeds to our residents.”
The company’s new 1 Gigabit Internet service will use DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver the speeds over the existing communications lines that are already in most people’s homes. To enjoy the service, all customers need to do is install a new DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.
New and current customers can visit Xfinity.com/gig to learn about the new service and request additional information.