Comcast quickly rolling out gigabit speeds

58 million homes and businesses across the country have access to gigabit speeds.

It's been just two years since Atlanta became the first city in the nation to get gigabit Internet speeds from Comcast, the company has announced that it is now the nation’s largest provider of gigabit broadband service.

Comcast/Xfinity isn't slowing down its rollout.

The ultra-fast Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services are now available to nearly all of Comcast’s 58 million homes and businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia. This national deployment represents the fastest roll out of gigabit speeds to the most homes and businesses in the country. Just in the state of Georgia, Comcast invested more than $2.1 billion in its infrastructure between 2011 and 2017. In Atlanta specifically, Comcast operates a 40,000 mile network, making it the area’s largest provider of gigabit-speed Internet service in the region. These investments have enabled Comcast to deploy gigabit Internet to nearly all Internet-serviceable households in its footprint, increase speeds 17 times in 17 years, and double the capacity of its broadband network every 18-24 months. In the home, Comcast's residential broadband service is now powered and controlled by Xfinity xFi, a digital dashboard that personalizes, monitors and manages Wi-Fi connected devices in the home. Consumers now can add xFi Pods, small, easy to install extenders that plug into any electrical outlet, pair with xFi Wireless Gateways, and help customers create a mesh network that extends coverage to hard-to-reach areas of their home. Outside the home, Xfinity Internet customers also have access to more than 19 million Wi-Fi hotspots, so they can stay connected on the go at no additional cost. “By making these investments, we’ve set a foundation for delivering the next-generation of broadband and Wi-Fi-based services that will define the modern digital home,” said Doug Guthrie, Regional SVP at Comcast. “Just this month, we unveiled a new 400 Mbps speed tier in Atlanta; soon, we’ll introduce additional services, like advanced home network security, giving consumers even more control of their Wi-Fi experience.” Comcast’s residential Xfinity Gigabit Internet service uses the existing network connections that are already in most homes. Installation is easy and requires no special construction or digging up of lawns. In many cases, customers don’t need a service visit, as the broadband equipment comes with a simple self-installation kit. Additionally, Comcast Business provides multi-gig speeds to business customers in Comcast’s footprint – whether an enterprise with locations across the country that needs multi-gigabit speed or a small business with only a handful of locations.

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