Comcast announced today that it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential customers throughout most of California.
These speeds will be among the fastest and most widely available in the region 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 andpersonalized home Wi-Fi experience, Comcast is giving California customers the fastest speeds, the best coverage, and ultimate Wi-Fi control in their homes.
“With this offering, Comcast will have the broadest deployment of 1 Gigabit speeds throughout Northern California,” said John Gauder, Regional Vice President, Comcast California. “This is important because it represents our commitment to service for everyone, based on their needs. Additionally, this is yet another proof-point that our broadband and WiFi networks are flexible and built for speed. We’ve increased internet speeds 17 times in the past 16 years and we will continue to bring California customers the absolute fastest speeds possible by proactively investing in our advanced, high performance network.”
Earlier this 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.
“We’re proud to see the continued innovation and investment in California by Comcast as part of the Cable Industry’s over $33 billion contribution to California’s economy, and we’re excited to see 1 Gig speeds being provided to Comcast’s customers throughout the state”, said Carolyn McIntyre, President, California Cable & Telecommunications Association. “This is but one example of the innovation of the cable industry.”
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 in California can visit Xfinity.com/gig to learn about the new service and request additional information.
The everyday price for 1 Gigabit service in California is $159.95, without a contract. The company will also test a $109.99 per month promotional price. Additional prices and promotions may be tested in the future. Pricing for current customers with a contract will vary.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses.
It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
* The new 1 Gig service mentioned in this press release will not yet be available in: Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, portions of Los Gatos, Rio Vista, Lodi, Ukiah, Willits, Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom, McClellan Air Force Base, Rancho Cordova, Cool/Georgetown, Sutter Creek, Amador City, Amador City (San Andreas), Angels Camp, Arnold, Jackson, Plymouth, Lathrop, Manteca, Sonora and Tuolumne County.