This morning brings news of Comcast trying to make high speed on the internet and Comcast service synonymous. While the service may indeed be very fast, possibly the fastest available for now, what do other providers have to say about it?

Verizon, with FiOS must have something to answer this. After all, all it should take is a moving of the speed notch as the speed of the fiber medium is almost unlimited and capacity should be far above any cable system.

Also, what about Google? This sounds like exactly the type of thing where Google would respond with a much higher available speed, just to show all that they can muster it. I can imagine Google (Topeka), Kansas with homes having measured speeds that will easily exceed the proposed Comcast Extreme 105 service – and for less money.

[Maximum PC]

A Comcast customer posted a snapshot of his Internet bill on, which makes mention of an upcoming broadband tier. Called “Extreme 105,” the new level of service will offer subscribers download speeds of up to 105Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 10Mbps.

According to the DSLReport’s member’s bill, the service won’t come cheap. It’s going to run a nickel shy of $200 per month, and “Professional installation is required for a fee of $249.00.” That means your first month’s bill is going to run nearly $450, plus modem rental fee and taxes.

Steep pricing aside, the Extreme 105 service, which will be available on or around June 1, 2010, could make Comcast the speed king in the U.S. It could also kick off a broadband race of sorts, where ISPs try to one-up each other. CableVision, for example, offers 101Mbps service, and you can bet it’s only a matter of time before a competitor comes out with 106Mbps or greater broadband speeds.

The point of who has the fastest service is totally moot if the service comes with capacity limits. What is the point of having tremendous speed if you cannot make use of it for the entire month?

About 8 years ago, I made the mistake of getting Adelphia cable service. I did not drop my Verizon DSL because I was wary of the Adelphia system and its claims of unlimited service. As it turned out, it was with very good reason, as it took only 2 days to blow through the caps at that time, and I got a message that I was done until next month – so much for unlimited service. I took the cable modem back to the Adelphia store and let them feel my extreme displeasure, especially after the first level customer service drone still insisted that the service was unlimited.

So… Comcast may be the speed king for a while, but I doubt that there will be that many takers. My guess is that is just what they want – bragging rights without having to back it up with actual performance over a 30 day period. I don’t feel like doing the math, but think about a 105 Mbps connection and a download manager programmed for a full 24 hours of material each 24 hours, over a month’s time.

All you have to do is keep hot-swapping those 2TB hard drives (most modern motherboards have a way to strap at least 4 into the case, some have a place for 6 or 8), and hope for the best, until Comcast actually finds out you mean to take advantage of the service. Duh!


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