Comcast Won’t Give New Speed Boost To Internet Users Who Don’t Buy TV Service

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week, Comcast announced speed increases for customers in Houston and the Oregon/SW Washington areas. The announcement headlines were “Comcast increases Internet speeds for some video customers.” Customers with 60Mbps Internet download speeds are being upped to 150Mbps; 150Mbps subscribers are going to 250Mbps; and 250Mbps subscribers are getting a raise to 400Mbps or 1Gbps. Comcast says speed increases will kick in automatically without raising the customers’ monthly bills — but only if they subscribe to certain bundles that include both Internet and TV service. “Cord cutters are not invited to the [speed increase] party,” the Houston Chronicle wrote. “Only those who bundle Internet with cable television and other services… will see their speeds go up at no extra charge.” Presumably, Internet-only customers can get the new speeds by paying more or by bundling their Internet subscriptions with video.

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