Certain Comcast and Time Warner customers are in luck. The Internet providers are doubling service speeds for no extra charge - if you live in the right place.
Most customers in Kansas City can expect to see significant speed increases without paying for it. Comcast is giving similar boosts to some customers in Texas and the Northeast.
Customers who currently pay for 25 megabit per second service will get 50 mbps; customers who pay for 50 will get 105, and customers who pay for 105 will get 150.
While there's no explanation for this right now, you can bet it has something to do with challenges from ultra-fast Gigabit fiber-optic providers. Google Fiber, the Internet service unveiled by the search giant that's up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband, is already available in a few cities. AT&T is also rolling out its own service in 100 cities across the U.S.
Kansas City was the first city in the country with the service. Customers there can pay $70 a month for Gigabit Internet, or they can pay one $300 construction fee and get five mbps of Internet free for seven years. It's also now available in Provo, Utah, with similar pricing, but the free Internet package only carries a $30 fee there.
Google Fiber is also coming to Austin soon, which makes Comcast's move in Texas make a little more sense. You can find a full list of cities that will potentially get Google Fiber in the future here.
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