Call me skeptical. But according to a Comcast spokesperson, customers with the Internet "Blast!" package will now have double the speed, from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps. For those that aren't in the know, that's a lot of extra horsepower.
"The changes will go into effect [around March 4]," said Comcast Corporate Communications Director Angelynne Amores.
With the extra speed, you could download a 1 gigabyte file in about 3 to 4 minutes. Customers will not incur any cost for the added speeds.
Specifically, the "Blast!" plan is increasing download speeds from up to 25 Mbps to speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds from up to 4 Mbps to up to 10 Mbps, while "Extreme" 50 customers will receive download speeds up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps (formerly 15 Mbps). The Performance plan is increasing to speeds up to (20 or 25) Mbps from 15 Mbps downstream and to (4 or 5) Mbps from 2 Mbps upstream.
Note: To activate the new speeds when they become available, customers just need to re-start their cable modems. To check your Internet speed I recommend SpeedTest.net.