After reporting back in April that they were planning to bring insanely fast internet speed to Atlanta, Comcast has made good on that promise. They’ve even expanded the scope by launching their new Gigabit Pro service in seven states across a select group of metropolitan areas. Gigabit Pro, offering speeds up to 2Gbps, blows other fiber providers – such as Google Fiber – out of the water.
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the states and cities listed below, you should be able to sign up for the Gigabit Pro service, just be sure that you’re ready for the added wait for installation as well as the installation fees which could have you pay over $1000 before you can even stream your first cat video:
Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Limited to residential customers. Requires subscription to Gigabit Pro service. Minimum 2 year term agreement required. Early termination fee applies. Gigabit Pro service generally available within one third of a mile of Comcast’s fiber network and requires custom installation. Installation may require 6 to 8 weeks or more to complete. Fees of up to $500 for installation and up to $500 for activation apply. Equipment, taxes and fees and other applicable charges extra. Pricing and other charges subject to change. Limited to service to a single outlet. Actual speeds vary and are not guaranteed. Comcast ©2015. All rights reserved.
Items bolded for emphasis. If those terms and conditions haven’t scared you off already, take a look and see if you are in one of the areas lucky enough to offer Gigabit Pro.
After the initial setup, Comcast’s Gigabit Pro service will set you back $300/month. By comparison Google Fiber and their 1Gbps service is available for $70 in the limited areas where the service is available. While they’re no longer the speed king for residential Internet service, I doubt Google will be crying themselves to sleep. Google launched their Fiber service as a means to light a fire under the already established Internet Service providers to provide better and faster service to their customers. With the launch of Gigabit Pro they seem to have done just that.
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