Many internet users simply think about download speeds when they are shopping for a service provider. What some forget to consider is the upload speed of a plan. This is particularly important to those who upload pictures to internet sharing sites and videos to YouTube and similar services.
Comcast announced today that it will be increasing the upload speed of two of its internet packages at no additional cost. Comcast says that its 6 Mbps download / 384 Kbps upload package will see the upload speed nearly tripled. The new plan will keep the same download speed and increase the upload speed to 1 Mbps.
Comcast's faster 8 Mbps download / 768 Kbps upload package will see a bit more than twice the upload speed to 2 Mbps uploads. Comcast had previously announced a service called PowerBoost that increases download speeds to 12 Mbps on the Performance tier plans and up to 16 Mbps on the Performance Plus tier on files that are 10MB or less in size.
Senior Vice President and General manager of Comcast High-Speed internet Mitch Bowling said in a statement, "As the Internet and its functionality evolves, so will our services and offerings," said Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast High-Speed Internet, Comcast Cable. "We've made a number of complimentary speed increases over the last few years and we focused this latest increase on upstream speeds so our customers can take even better advantage of the ever-expanding amount of interactive applications the Internet has to offer."
Increasing upload speeds for customers will be a welcome announcement when other internet providers have been announcing usage based plans in some areas. Time Warner announced recently that its lower cost plans would have a monthly bandwidth limit of only 5GB in one test area.