Comcast is going to roll out its new 1 GB per second to all its customers. A release listed

Sample download times of 40 seconds for a 5 Gigabyte HD movie, four seconds for a 600 Megabyte TV episode, two seconds for a 150 Megabyte music album and two minutes for a 15 Gigabyte video game.

The service uses existing cable wiring and DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem technology to deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit a second. Comcast’s announcement on Thursday makes it the largest gigabit Internet provider by a number of potential homes.

Comcast will roll out its service to nearly all the 58 million homes and businesses in its 39-state territory. The speed upgrade comes at a cost ranging from 90 to 140$ per month. Comcast began offering 1 Gigabit Internet more than a year ago in selected markets including Chattanooga, Atlanta, Chicago Nashville, and Detroit. Comcast said at that time that it planned to expand to the majority of its service areas by 2018.

Source- Ars Technica

A Morgan Stanley survey released on Thursday said that only a tiny fraction of households—3% of cable Internet customers nationwide—have 1 gigabit speeds or higher.

“Now more than ever, our customers require the fastest available speeds to support the growing number of devices at home and in the workplace,” Doug Guthrie, Comcast regional senior vice president, said in a news release. “By using DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem technology, we can now bring gigabit-caliber speeds to the most homes and businesses of any provider across the region.”

For most, HD quality, realtime streaming is the thing, and this will undoubtedly enable it. Cloud-based computing becomes that much easier, with larger files easily transferred and updated.

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Source- Comcast