Comcast Gigabit Internet Service Launches In Chicago
In Atlanta and Georgia, Comcast offered new customers willing to commit to three years of service a rate of $70 per month. Those who wanted no part of a long-term contract could pay $140 per month, which is what Comcast is charging for its 1Gbps service in Chicago.
Comcast did mention that it will test "promotional pricing during the trial period," but initially didn't get into specifics. When asked by Consumerist why the service costs more in Chicago, Comcast explained that it's "testing different prices and promotions in different markets." That lead many to believe (us included) that Comcast wouldn't be offering the same discounted $70/month option in Chicago, but that isn't the case.
"We’re delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area," said Comcast Greater Chicago Region senior vice president John Crowley. "Our commitment to providing customers with a great experience is front and center with this announcement, and we’re proud that Comcast’s Chicago area customers will be among the first in the world to have access to this new gigabit technology."
Running at full throttle, a 1Gbps connection allows a customer to download a 5GB HD movie in as little as 40 seconds. It would only take two minutes to download a 15GB video game, and a mere four seconds to grab a 600MB TV episode from the cloud.
As fast as that is, 1Gbps service isn't the top speed Comcast offers residential customers. Comcast launched a 2Gbps service called Gigabit Pro in 2015 with symmetrical 2Gbps speeds, which is now available to 18 million homes across the country and 2.4 million homes in Comcast's Greater Chicago Region, which includes Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southwest Michigan. Gigabit Pro costs $300 per month and requires a two-year commitment.