Comcast Is Offering Gigabit Internet Speeds—But Probably Not for You

Comcast very clearly states in the press release that customers’ homes will need to be “within close proximity of Comcast’s fiber network” to get Gigabit Pro service, which would “require an installation of professional-grade equipment.” [Steven Restivo] explained that this means installing gigabit-read hardware inside and outside of the home. It also involves a layer new fiber to cover the last mile of infrastructure from the Comcast plant to that new professional-grade equipment. Add that setup cost to the cost of the service itself and you’re looking at a decent chunk of change. […] We won’t know exactly how expensive until early May when Comcast reveals the pricing structure. Meanwhile, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee offers its citizens gigabit speeds for just $70 a month. Google Fiber is about the same, though the municipal broadband speeds in Chattanooga are even faster. And it’s growing. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo