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Comcast Expands 'Extreme' Internet In Bay Area

Comcast this week is expanding the availability of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 broadband service to 23 additional cities and towns in the San Francisco region.

The rollout of the "wideband" services, which include the Extreme 50 tier with download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, are part of Comcast's goal to reach 30 million by year-end 2009.

As of April 21, Comcast's new services will be available to residential homes in the following cities: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Stanford and Woodside.

Comcast said the DOCSIS 3.0 services will be available businesses in those cities beginning April 28.

The MSO in March deployed wideband in the San Jose-Silicon Valley area, portions of the East Bay and the Monterey-Salinas area.

Extreme 50, offering top speeds of 50 Mbps down /10 Mbps up, is $139.95 per month as part of a bundle with cable TV. The Ultra tier, 22 down / 5 up, is $62.95 per month as part of a bundle with cable TV service.

In addition to the new speed tiers, Comcast will also increase speeds for its existing Performance tier customers, with up to 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up.

Business services offers the Deluxe 50 Mbps / 10 Mbps tier for $189.95 per month, which includes e-mail, document and other features. Comcast also will introduce a new Premium Tier with up to 22 Mbps / 5 Mbps for $99.95 per month.

Existing business Internet customers also will receive speed increases for no additional charge, with the Starter tier doubling to up to 12 Mbps / 2 Mbps.

Comcast customers can check to see if wideband service is available in their area at www.comcast.com/fastestfast.