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Comcast Targets 2-Gig at Florida

Comcast said 1.3 million customers in Florida will soon have access to Gigabit Pro, a new symmetrical 2 Gbps broadband service that will be delivered on a targeted basis using fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.

Comcast expects to make Gigabit Pro available to about 18 million homes by the end of the year, and announced earlier that it is rolling out the 2-Gig service in Atlanta and in parts of California.

The operator has not announced pricing for its uncapped Gigabit Pro service, but said it will be offered to residential Floridians in Miami, Jacksonville, West Palm and Fort Lauderdale starting next month. Access will also be extended to apartment buildings and other multiple-dwelling units via the MSO’s Xfinity Communities program for property owners, developers and leasing agents.

Comcast’s primary wireline competitor in those markets is AT&T, which has plans to deploy its fiber-based, 1-Gig-capable “GigaPower” platform in parts of Jacksonville and Miami.

Comcast will offer Gigabit Pro to residential customers who are within “close proximity” (about one-third of a mile) of Comcast’s fiber network, which consists of more than 145,000 route miles.

Comcast, which is in the process of acquiring Time Warner Cable, also intends to offer residential gigabit speeds on its more widely deployed HFC network using DOCSIS 3.1.