Comcast is offering Detroit businesses faster Internet – Detroit Free Press
Comcast is offering businesses in Detroit faster Internet â up to 1Â gigabit-per-second âÂ without adding optic-fiber cable, a part of the company’s ongoing effort to compete and satisfy customers’ need for speed, the company saidÂ today.
âWeâve offered multi-gig speeds over fiber to businesses for several years,â said Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast in Michigan.
âNow, by using our existing network facilities, we can provide business customers the flexibility to increase Internet speeds without a potential lengthy construction process or by incurring additional costs from the build-out.â
The announcement follows the company’s rollout of a similar service in November to residential customers.
The faster service is Â to beÂ available in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn. TheÂ Philadelphia-based companyÂ saidÂ itÂ plans to roll out 1-gigabit-per-second service in the Detroit suburbs, as well as in other areas of Michigan, later this year.
Pricing has been set at $399 a month for 500-megabitÂ service, and $499 a month for 1-gig service.
Comcast is aiming the service at small- and medium-sizeÂ businesses that want â and need âÂ faster Internet speeds, without the added cost of paying for fiber-optic cables to be added, whichÂ in some cases could cost thousands of dollars to install.
Comcast hopes the new service will allow it to pick up new customers and compete with companies like Detroit-basedÂ RocketÂ Fiber.
Businesses that might benefit from Comcast’sÂ faster service, the company said, includeÂ those in retail, health care, manufacturing, hospitality and education.
The 1-gig service will be offered through Comcast’s cable network, but requires a new modem.
Currently, the company said, the fastest Internet speeds for businesses in Detroit that don’t have fiber-optic cable are about 150 megabits per secondÂ for about $250 a month.
Internet companies â both large and small âÂ are competing to connect metro Detroit at turbo-charged speeds.
Faster speeds allow businesses âÂ including tech start-ups âÂ to handle multiple streams of large-format, high-definition content such as online video calls, immersive educational experiences and large volumes of medical data.
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