Comcast Doubling Speed for Chicago-Area Customers

Shannon Antinori, Plainfield Patch – Plainfield, IL

2/26/2013

Customers who get the company’s Blast!, Extreme 50 and Performance plans will enjoy faster Internet, downloads.

Comcast announced some good news for many of its customers in Chicagoland Tuesday, saying it will increase the speeds of two of its most popular XFINITY Internet speed plans, Blast! and Extreme 50, in the greater Chicago region next month for no additional cost.

Customers will enjoy more than twice as fast Internet speeds on multiple devices, allowing them to surf, chat, stream HD movies and TV shows, or game online with double the speed, according to a press release from the company.

A rep for Comcast said speed will increase for the Blast! And Extreme 50 plans in mid- to late March.

In April, Comcast will also increase the speed of a third package, known as the Performance plan, by more than 60 percent.

“As customer demands and technology evolve, we continue to increase our broadband speeds to deliver the best, fastest and most reliable Internet experience possible for our customers,” John Crowley, Comcast’s Chicago region senior vice president, said in a statement released Tuesday.

The Blast! plan is increasing download speeds from up to 25 Mbps to speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds from up to 4 Mbps to up to 10 Mbps, while Extreme 50 customers will receive download speeds up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps (formerly 15 Mbps). The Performance plan is increasing to speeds up to (20 or 25) Mbps from 15 Mbps downstream and to (4 or 5) Mbps from 2 Mbps upstream.

To activate the new speeds when they become available, customers just need to re-start their cable modems.