Comcast to upgrade internet speeds in South Florida

Comcast is bringing its DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service to South Florida.

The company announced that it will launch the service this year to residential and business customers in the South Florida area.

New York Times best-selling author, Hugh Howey, works on his laptop computer at his home in Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

(Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Comcast said the new technology will make it possible for its Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers to receive gigabit speeds using existing communications lines in homes and offices.

“We’re constantly working to ensure that our customers get the fastest speeds available, and that they get them first,” said Joann Shumard, Vice President of Engineering for Comcast Cable’s Florida Region. “DOCSIS 3.1 represents a tremendous step forward in our commitment to keeping customers at the technology forefront.  Combined with all the upgrades we have already put into our advanced fiber optic-coax network, this technology will not only provide more gigabit speed choices for customers, it will also eventually make these ultra-fast speeds available to the most homes in our service areas.”

According to Comcast, this is what you can do with a Gigabit Internet Speed:

  • Download a 5GB HD movie: 40 seconds
  • Download a 600MB TV episode: 4 seconds
  • Download a 150MB MP3 album: less than 2 seconds
  • Download a 15GB video game: 2 minutes

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