Comcast to offer upgraded internet speeds

Beginning Wednesday, Comcast will deliver internet speeds of up to a gigabit to residents in the Hardin County region. The upgrade is available to residents of numerous communities in the including Elizabethtown, Campbellsville, Cave City, Hodgenville, Leitc­hfield and Vine Grove.

“Now more than ever, our customers require the fastest available speeds to support the growing number of devices at home,” said Tim Collins, regional senior vice president for Comcast in Kentucky, in a news release. “By using DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem technology, we can now bring gigabit-caliber speeds to residential homes across our central Kentucky coverage area without tearing up sidewalks and homeowners’ lawns.”

To take advantage of the upgraded internet service, residents need a DOCSIS 3.1 compatible modem which can be purchased at retail locations or rented from the Comcast service center at 2919 Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

“It’s a huge speed increase,” said Comcast spokesman Mike Wilson. Comcast’s highest internet speed offered in the region is up to 150 megabits per second. The upgrade is nearly a seven-fold speed increase.

The gigabit service can be purchased for $90 per month with a 12-month contract, according to the news release. Bundled product discounts also are available. Wilson declined to specify how much the service would cost without a contract.

“We keep our prices market competitive so I don’t know exactly how much that would end up being,” he said.

According to Comcast, residents can download a 5-gigabyte high definition movie in 40 seconds, download a 600-megabyte TV episode in four seconds, download a 150-megabyte music album in two seconds and download 15-gigabyte video game in two minutes with the new connection. Wilson said upload speeds would take longer.

“It’s not symmetrical,” he said.

Wilson said the upgraded internet speed also would help local businesses attract potential employees.

“It can serve as a good lure for employers to actually bring in employees from elsewhere because it’s one more quality of life issue that they have addressed,” he said.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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