Comcast is debuting 100-Mbps Internet service for businesses in Minneapolis/St. Paul, an opening salvo in one of its most aggressive attacks on telephone companies’ commercial services.
The DOCSIS 3.0-based service, priced at $369.95 per month, is “highly competitively priced” compared with typical telco business-class T-1 lines, according to Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas. The cable operator is initially offering the 100-Mbps tier to commercial customers–rather than residential subscribers–“because we think this kind of speed will be of more interest to them,” he added.
That’s great for us in the Twin Cities!
But what about rural areas? Fred Pilot pointed out after my Qwest post that the big providers are willing to upgrade their current footprints but that interest in new areas is small. How can we encourage the big providers to go into new areas? What do improvements in metro areas mean to rural areas? Is it a tide that will raise all boats?