Comcast this week announced that it will start offering Gigabit Internet service on trial basis to early adopters in a number of neighbourhoods in Atlanta, with plans to roll out to additional markets later this year. Last month, the cable operator unveiled that it will bring 1Gbps Internet speeds to residential and business customers using the DOCSIS 3.1 technology, starting with the rollout in Atlanta and Nashville in early 2016, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami to follow in the second half of the year.
Initial customers in Atlanta will have the choice of a promotional contract price of $70 per month for 36 months, or an every day price with no contract at $139.95. Once this advanced consumer trial is complete, Comcast plans to roll the Gigabit service out at additional price points in other markets to gauge consumer interest in Gigabit speeds.
As part of the trial, these initial users will also be encouraged to give Comcast feedback about their service, which will be used to help ensure future market rollouts deliver the best possible customer experience.
In 2015, Comcast launched its residential, fiber-based, multi-Gigabit service – Gigabit Pro – with symmetrical 2 Gbps speeds.