Comcast Brings 2-Gig to Northeast Division

Comcast confirmed that the MSO has expanded the availability of Gigabit Pro, its FTTP-based symmetrical 2 Gbps residential broadband service, to the Northeast Division, which serves about 8 million customers across more than a dozen states, including Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

A user on the DSL Reports message board posted a revised Gigabit Pro coverage map illustrating the expansion.

Comcast’s current (older) Gigabit Pro availability map identifies other towns and cities that have access in parts of California, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and Oregon.

Comcast started to sell Gigabit Pro in July for a promotional price of $159 per month; the general price for the up-capped service is $299.95 per month. It’s subject to a two-year agreement and fees of up to $500 for installation and $500 for activation.

Comcast introduced Gigabit Pro in April, announcing then that it would make it available to 18 million customers by the end of 2015. To get it, customers must be within a third of a mile of the MSO’s fiber network.

Comcast is deploying Gigabit Pro on a demand-driven basis, only pulling fiber and installing the necessary home-side gear to customers who sign up for it. The operator is also looking to offer gigabit speeds on broader basis on its HFC network using the emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform. 

It's been a big week for gigabit expansions. AT&T announced yesterday it was expanding GigaPower to parts of 38 metros, while Google Fiber revealed plans today to explore buildouts in two major U.S. cities -- Chicago and Los Angeles