Comcast is the first of what is likely to be many ISPs to offer a new tier of internet broadband speed.
Well at least we're finally seeing some advancements in the internet industry in the USA. Can't wait until the price gets lower though.
[email protected] $150 is waaaaaaaay too much
Well some company has to step out of the box sooner-or-later, either that or we would be paying for slow(currently high-speed) internet forever. The prices will no doubt go down. The fact that they are only making this immediately available for the Wisconsin and Minnesota area shows that they are seeing if the anyone wants "super high speed" it or not.
They won't get me to pay that much. If Verizon Fios version comes out way cheaper then that and it's in my area I'm switching in a heartbeat. Also $50 and under please.
Living stateside (and in the Mpls./St.P metro area) I agree, but not re-throttling their tiers is a deal breaker for me. I love the advancement and if I was not going back to school might be tempted(not enough though). I would love to see them throttle their 8 meg to a 10/1 (8mbps/756 is a bit low imho for what I pay)connection at the same price, intro a 25/2 or 25/3 at around $90/month and keep their 50/5 around its price point until they make their investment back and reduce all tiers after. I applaud the effort but $150 a month is a bit too steep for most people.
Waaaay Too much and I love nigh bandwidths.
They'll think about lowering the price if it's widely ignored. How many people do you know willing to pay $150 a month($1800 a year) for internet?
now all thoes abots that saved money by not buying a ps3 can spend that saved cash on a month of digital downloads! since thats what being a xbot is all about!
What stinks is if we were in Japan this service would be only $30-$45.
OMG, I thought UK internet was expensive, but we would pay about £35 I think or cheaper.
Probably not. $30/month might catch on though...lol :)
but 150 is like just getting robbed by your ISP company...
u must be kidding anything over 60 bucks is to much it be 500GB per sec i wouldn't pay 150 dollars a month for that
I have frontiernet service and they only offer decent download/uploads if there is competition in the area. We pay $50+ for 1meg down and 128k up.
Feel lucky they won't roll out higher speeds unless there's competition. They probably used government funding to roll out the DSL.
Haha screw that. Don't they get 100mbs connections in Japan for like $30? Comcast blows.
COMCAST 8mbPS AND THATS FAST JUS IMAGINE 50mBPS
That's a lot of wine gums!
Won't we need hardwear that can utilise such high speeds? Or can any pc/laptop handle the speeds? I never understand this stuff ...
oh yeah, Microsoft was right, Digital Downloads are gonna take over with prices like that.... /sarcasm
Well, back when I was in high school in mid late 90s I knew people who were willing to pay $100s for ISDN
Internet was a luxury back then.
The price is hight but it's a good sign... it shows the available network can handle it.... 1-3 years from now this would be the norm for homes... just like 15MB (which is what I am getting now for $29.95) was impossible 2 years ago.
I remember my company paying $1,500 for a T1 (1.5MB) like 4-5 years go.... and we are talking about 50MB for 150MB!
how can you guys not remember that? wait.. maybe you didn't know.
@PR0F3TA - too bad you are not old enough to remember how fast and how much the broadband cost only 2-3 years ago.
But the best thing about T1 was it was sycned, 1.5 up AND 1.5 down, while Comcasts services are all A-sync (my 8meg DL is great but averaging uploads of 300-700k is a PIMA whenever I'm uploading projects for school, work, and updates to the web-pages I manage for my friends, motor-club, and job.) Plus (at my work at least, I heard it scaled to the number of connections but we never noticed at all) for some reason if you had 5-6 compies on the same connection over T1 you didn't notice much difference, if my wife logs on while I'm on at home I watch it cut in half, like right now, it is really disturbing.
When I was stationed in Okinawa Japan in 2001-2004 in '02 I had a T1 connection going directly into my bedroom for 6,500 yen a month (about $50 then). I was the first to have the fiber optics running into that building. Anywho...the US is WAY behind and the island of Guam where I live now is in the stone age. The fastest connection here is 3.2megs for $65 a month on special ($99 normal).
...but CANNOT WAIT for a few more companies to get in on this by mid-2009 and drive the price down. Did anyone here imagine download speeds of 100 or 150Mbps within the next three years? Amazing....
Why would anybody want this? Comcast would just throttle your speed down to 0 mbps.
I can't believe people are willing to pay over a hundred dollars a month just for a faster internet connection. Honestly, I have DSL, and its great for ISP Maybe if the internet was like $40 a month i wouldn't be hating on it Unless Comcast can give us the fastest internet connection possible with absolutely no lag great customer support easy set up, forget it
No f*ching way in hell its worth that kind of money per month.
FAILURE. Besides, $150 per month? I pay $20 bucks per month, more or less, and for what I use it for, I'm fine. I rather use the extra dough to buy a few movies and save the rest.
Depends on the codec and amount of compression. With VC-1, what Blu-Ray and HD-DVD use, 1080p (1920x1080/24) is 45 mbit/s.
find high speed connection for 20.00 a month at??? hell Im in u.s and paying 83.00 a month for high speed, cable and phone. I need to move to your state. Im in seattle washington
sh't I wish I was in your state paying 20 bucks a month
Good Ole Cable companies. They keep raping, and raping... On one side it's good to see such excellent service being offered. But on the other it's still typical cable company. Rape you till you bleed. $150 is out right robbery. Greedy Corporations are the downfall to our technology. We should have much more than we have yet these cable companies get away with charging more money for a very minimal improvement in speed. With Charter [here] it's 3MB standard, 5MB for +$5 and 10MB for +$20. It's sad to say but 10 MB should be the bare minimum speed right now and the standard for all cable ISPs. Sad because in reality it should actually be much faster than that as the norm... Yet cable companies will continue to rape us and people will continue to pay up for it. Although at $150 I don't see many customers taking advantage of this one...
Comcast can kiss my A$$ on that one. My internet speeds are just fine. $150 a month hell that's $1800 for the year!!!!
I used to have comcast HSI and it sucked. Every weekend it kept getting diconected and I would not be able to have a techinitian come and fix it until the following week. By monday my internet was back up so didnt need a technitian anymore. Happened like 10 times and I was paying 61.00 a month for that? Later found Verizon Fios in my area for 40.00 a month and with a free wireless router. Have had it for over a year and very happy. Not once has my internet conection had any type of problem so I have no complaints about it. Would recommend it 100 over comcast anyday. Pay less but you get soooo much more. If comcast has this now I am not gonna bother, apart from the price, I will wait a while for it to go down and for another service provider like verizon to bring it.
I don't plan on throwing down that much money for any internet connection, but I think it's a step in the right direction. With the advent of online HD movie rentals/sales, as well as stuff like Direct2Drive and Steam platforms for downloading games, we're going to need faster speeds, and soon. This'll get cheaper quickly though, I'm sure.
WTF!? The price for 100mbps is like $50 a month here in sweden.
$150 per month!?!? BAHAHAHAHHAHAHA ohhh ask JAson 360 he must have this though...DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION FOR THE WIN GUYS LIKE YAAA 360 4 EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
You people in the first world just amaze me hahahahahaha! you are complaining about things here in south america we dream of. Right now, here in Argentina, I am paying 120 pesos (that is, roughly, about 35 U$S) for a 3mbps connection... And this is through Fibertel, one of the best ISPs here... geee you complain over things I dream of XD Well just hope to make some of you feel better, I guess LOL
We complain because we can...deal with it.
Dude don't be upset over that...like my post above I live in Guam (part of the USA)...3.2mbps = $65 on special (normal price $99 per month @GTA). The ISPs on island are GTA (Guam Telephone Authority) and MCV (Marianas Cable Vision...always having problems, they even have a hotline to report internet outages).
I pay ~38 bucks for an even faster connection!
yeah, Guwapo77 im from Guam too. its ridiculous. 3.2mps and its like 80-90 bucks normally. i would happily pay 150 for 50mps just cuz how outrageous the prices are here.
You and me both...
Even though its 50mbps we might get 15mbps soild out of it over here. But I would gladly pay for it...
But I would love to have the service. I won't pay that price but if they were to bring it down to about 75 bucks then sign me up. I pay 40 bucks or so now for their 6 meg service and have ranged from 5 to 11 so getting 50 for 75 bucks would be a deal.
Over here on the island of Guam (U.S. territory), I'm currently paying $93 a month for 3.5mb down and 512kb up ADSL. That is just a rip but its the fastest on the island second to T1. www.gta.net is my isp provider.
I have GTA as well...you need to cancel it if your in the military and then sign back up at the special of $65. Home phone + Cell phone + 3.2 = $135.
There is no 3.5mbps on this island...
Well, in Sweden we get 100 mb for approximately $40-50 per month. The avarage swed has a connection speed between 8mb up to 100mb(actually, 1000mb in our biggest cities(which is fairly small comparatively to the US and A)).
A latency of 5-25 on Swedish servers and a downloading speed of 500kbs/s + is nothing but normal. I download stuff in 2,0 mb/s with 24mb. And that is a standard connection from swedish company Telia(DSL). Nothing new to the country, this is how its been the last years.
Highspeed connection as it should be! :D
That's because they have to be more competitive in Sweden since your population is a lot less.
I have Comcast cable and high speed internet. Let me tell you, they are the shadiest company you will ever have the displeaseure of dealing with. Epic masters of the bait and switch, it took over 2 hours on the phone with them to get the bundle I was promised at hookup. I can completely gaurantee anyone who falls for this "next tier" that after all their majical "fees" this service will cost well over 200$ a month. Comcast is well known for banning customers who use too much bandwidth. Everyone that thinks your going to get a superfast connection without big brother Comcast nosing around, making sure your not file sharing, (something they are vehemently against) think again.
I currently pay 25$ for 10 meg service. more than fine for the movies (HD + SD) that I download.
I wish Metrocast would get off their butt's and do the same thing. They are the only ones I can get for broadband in Northern New England since Verizon is screwing us over by not deploying FIOS here.
i am going to upgrade to this package
Right why would u pay for this $150 your crzy and i had comcast u guys blows... I rather have america online lmao
Virgin Media here in the UK is offering 20mb broadband for £20 I think and they are gonna release 50mb broadband later this year.
I have Optimum Online with the BOOST which is 5mbps upload and 30mbps download for $55 US per month!!! Who even needs 30 or 50 mbps download speed?! It's the upload speed that counts for hosting games! Fios is giving 15mbps upload and 15mbps download for $65 US per month! Soon I'll be working for Optimum so I'll pay nothing LOL!
This is an amazing connection speed, but 150 big ones a month is too much.
As first you pay a premium until competition comes along and drive the prices down,think back to when mobile phones first came out and the first internet(dial up), here in England you paid 1p per minute and more, if you look beyond the price and focus on the product, thats some fast ass internet speed and its just the beginning, i can guarentee that within 20 years digi downloads will be the norm, the future is bright the future is microsoft
id rather buy a 360 and have it die on me 10 times then pay 150 on internet lool £30 is more then enough
rip off in the uk virgin media is going up to 50mbps fiberoptic cable and will only cost £37
The price point is the initial launch. It's all part of many ISP's here in the states starting a push to DOCSIS 3.0 (wideband). DOCSIS 3.0 can go to insane speeds of 160 down and 120 upstream in a lab. Expect real world possibilities of 100 down and 20-60 up I would predict. When that becomes the norm instead of DOCSIS 2 which can never pass 20-30 megs I'm sure the price will come down. We should look at this as a great step in the right direction. I will see what happens as they roll it out and see if more speed/price tiers are given.
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