Comcast has a new gig in Detroit … downtown, Midtown and in the neighborhoods.
In the second half of this year it will bring DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers to the city. That technology will allow gigabit-and-better Internet speeds to run over existing hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) networks. By the way, DOCSIS stands for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification and is the standard that allows Internet service to be delivered over the same cable used for television service.
What it all means is that Internet speeds will be much faster and the service will be available more widely than fiber-to-the-home services, which typically require new construction and specialized installations. It will “deliver more gigabit service, faster, to more people than any previous technology or service,” the company says.
Once Comcast’s rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 is complete customers with gigabit-capable devices will be able to get the service by signing up for a new plan and just plugging in a new modem.
Last year, Comcast introduced Gigabit Pro, its residential fiber-based multi-gigabit service, in Detroit. That service needs professional-grade equipment installed and close proximity to Comcast’s fiber network.