Although access to faster Internet is just around the corner, it looks like Comcast is flipping on the switch a little bit early. At least, for one lucky customer in Philadelphia.
You've probably heard of gigabit Internet before. This past year, AT&T has made several announcements of cities where it plans to set up its GigaPower service. Some of which include Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Houston, Miami and even Rome.
This super-fast Internet is estimated at 1 gigabit per second, and AT&T isn't the only one in the game. Google Fiber is also a key contender, and gigabit Internet from Comcast.
Even though these companies have already started to build the necessary infrastructure, the industry doesn't expect the wide majority of customers to have access to this faster Internet until 2018.
Comcast is actually a bit late to the game. Earlier, the cable provider announced it would begin installing gigabit Internet access in 2016, hoping to keep its competitors from dominating the market. But Comcast is one of the first to bring its gigabit Internet to the regular public now that one Philadelphia customer gets to take the new, speedy DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem for a trial run.
A few other test runs are also being planned for some residents in Atlanta, Georgia, northern California and parts of Pennsylvania. So far, there is no word on pricing.