Comcast Rolls Out Gigabit Speeds to Chicago

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Chicago Comcast customers can now tap into gigabit Internet speeds.

Launched on Wednesday, the program uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver speeds up to 1Gbps over existing network infrastructure.

DOCSIS 3.1 runs through standard cable connections already in place at your home or office. So Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers can simply sign up for a plan and plug in a new modem; no fiber installation required. The service, according to Comcast, allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 seconds, a 60MB TV episode in four seconds, a 150MB music album in two seconds, or a 15GB video game in two minutes.

"We're delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area," Comcast Greater Chicago Region Senior Vice President John Crowley said in a statement.

Initial users have the choice of a promotional contract price of $70 per month for 36 months, or $139.95 per month (plus tax and fees) with no contract.

Following a successful test in Philadelphia and Atlanta late last year, Comcast in February announced plans to roll out super-fast DOCSIS 3.1 Internet service in five cities this year. Atlanta and Nashville launched in the first half of the year; Detroit and Miami are up next.

Comcast's Gigabit Pro service, meanwhile, uses fiber to provide speeds up to 2 gigabit per second. Launched last year in Atlanta, the program will reach Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Nashville, and several other markets. It is currently available to 18 million homes, but costs about $230 per month.

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