Comcast boosts Internet speeds for some customers

Many Comcast Internet customers in the Northeast will now be able to download a movie in five minutes, or about half the time they needed previously, thanks to faster Internet speeds, the company said.

Comcast said it has increased the speeds of two of its Xfinity Internet customer tiers in the Northeast --- the Blast tier and the Extreme tier.

A little more than a third, or 36 percent, of Comcast’s 20.6 million Internet customers nationwide subscribe to one of those services. Comcast does not disclose the breakdown for the Northeast.

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According to Comcast, this is the 13th time in the past 12 years that it has increased its Internet speeds, and it is the second time in two years that Comcast has doubled speed for its Blast tier customers.

For customers on the Blast tier, top speeds have increased to 105 megabits per second, up from 50 megabits per second. For Extreme customers, top speeds have increased to 150 Mbps, up from 105 Mbps.

To benefit from faster speeds, most customers in the tiers getting the upgrades will need to re-start their modems. In some cases, affected customers may need to upgrade their modems. The upgrades in Internet speeds come at no additional cost to customers, Comcast said.

“There is a barrage of devices coming online every day, and we are staying ahead of demand through faster speeds and best-in-class wireless gateways,” Marcien Jenckes, a Comcast Cable executive vice president, said in a statement. “We’re making it easier for families to get more value from the Internet, across more devices, and will continue to make our service a fast and reliable experience for customers.”