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Your town could have super-fast (super-expensive) Internet in 2-3 years

Your town could have super-fast (super-expensive) Internet in 2-3 years

Are you waiting for Google Fiber to finally bring lightning-fast gigabit Internet to your town? You might have to wait awhile. Google is expanding very slowly. But another company could win the race to bring fiber to your home, as long as you can pay for it.

Fiber-ran Internet programs are expected to be the fasted plans on the market, but are you ready to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars to bring it to your home?

Comcast is hoping that you are going to want to dish out that type of cash for its new DOCSIS 3.1 fiber Internet plan.

"Our intent is to scale it through our footprint through 2016," Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said in an interview with FierceCable. "We want to get it across the footprint very quickly ... We're shooting for two years." But later in the interview it's revealed that it might take upward of three years to roll the plan out completely.

Comcast believes that the DOCSIS 3.1 fiber Internet plan will be ready for some of its customers at the beginning of next year.

The enormous multinational mass media company has over 22.5 million subscribers and operates in 39 states as well as Washington, D.C., so it has a large, eager audience awaiting the upgrade. But what customers don't know is the plan will cost them an arm and a leg.

A 2-gigabyte fiber service through Comcast will cost you about $300 a month, in addition to the one-time installation and activation fees that total out at about $1,000. But there is a little silver lining; Comcast announced that it will build fiber to any residences that's already within a third of a mile of the existing fiber network.

We'll bring you more details about this DOCSIS 3.1 fiber Internet plan as soon as new information is released. Until then, hang tight, save your pennies and stay tuned to what's Happening Now.

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Source: Ars Technica
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