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Comcast's gigabit internet makes its way to Atlanta

The DOCSIS 3.1 service will also be available in Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Nashville this year.

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The slow march toward blazing fast internet is upon us, and Comcast is bringing its DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit service to a few more cities. Soon the fine people of Atlanta and Nashville will be able to (likely) pay through the nose for the ultra-speedy connectivity, with it opening up to those in Chicago, Detroit and Miami in the back half of the year. It's worth noting that good number of those are cities where the company has bandwidth cap tests in place.

The Washington Post notes that this is different from the pre-existing Gigabit Pro service the telco offers in that rather than fiber optics, this uses the cable lines that are already in place. The publication suggests that by using a pre-existing infrastructure, this could potentially mean lower per-month prices for customers. Potentially.

WaPo surmises that since the download speed will be slightly lower than the $300 a month Gigabit Pro's, that could lead to a cheaper price for the service. Of course, it requires upgrading your modem to a device compatible with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard -- something our friends at The Wirecutter recommend waiting on. In the meantime, if you're still unhappy about our woefully lethargic domestic internet speeds, you can always make a Raspberry-Pi powered Twitter bot for that.

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