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Comcast to bring highest download speed to South Florida this year

This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington.
This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington. AP

Comcast announced Tuesday it plans to introduce the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service to its 1.4 million residential and business customers in South Florida this year.

The company will first roll out the high-speed broadband service in Atlanta and Nashville in early 2016, with Miami, Chicago, and Detroit to follow in the second half of the year, it said in a statement released Monday on an embargoed basis. The new network technology will, for the first time, make it possible for Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers to receive gigabit speeds over the communications lines that most customers already have in their homes and offices.

Prices will be announced as the service is rolled out in each market, a spokeswoman said via email Monday.

Here are some examples of what that connection speed will allow:

▪  Download a 150MB MP3 album: less than 2 seconds

▪  Download a 600MB TV episode: 4 seconds

▪  Download a 5GB HD movie: 40 seconds

▪  Download a 15GB video game: 2 minutes

“We’re constantly working to ensure that our customers get the fastest speeds available, and that they get them first,” Joann Shumard, vice president of engineering for Comcast Cable’s Florida Region, said in a statement.

Last year, Miami was among the markets where Comcast launched its residential fiber-based multi-gigabit service — Gigabit Pro.

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