Want multi-gigabit Internet service? It won’t come cheap.
Comcast has finally revealed pricing for its Gigabit Pro service, which promises “next level” speeds of up to 2 gigabytes per second, and let’s just say you better have some deep pockets if you want in. According to the cable giant’s new Gigabit Prowebsite, which just hit the Web on Monday, the service will set you back $299.95 a month.
That’s $230 more than you’d pay for gigabit Internet service alone via Google Fiber, but at 2Gbps, it’s also twice as fast. And considering that Comcast currently sells its top-tier Extreme 505 Internet — which clocks in at 505mbps, or four times slower than Gigabit Pro — for $400, the new 2GB service is somewhat of a bargain. Comcast has said that 505 Mbps customers will get a bump to 2Gbps.
Those who want Gigabit Pro will need to sign a minimum 2-year contract, and pay fees of up to $1,000 for installation and activation, Comcast said. So you’re basically committing to pay nearly $7,200 over the next two years, plus the cost of installation and activation.
First unveiled in April, Comcast’s fiber-to-the-home Gigabit Pro is expected to be available in about 18 million homes by the end of the year. Comcast has already committed to rolling out Gigabit Pro to portions of California, as well as Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tenn. and the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm areas in Florida.
“Our approach is to offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible, not just to certain neighborhoods,” said Doug Guthrie, senior vice president of Comcast Cable’s South Region, a dig at Google’s city-by-city rollout.
In January, Google said it will roll out its super-fast gigabit Internet service in 18 cities across four metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. Salt Lake City also joined that list in March.