INDEPENDENCE, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential customers throughout the company’s suburban Kansas City, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas service areas. These speeds will be among the fastest and most widely available in the region and include access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network of more than 17 million hotspots. Combined with the company’s recently launched Xfinity xFi platform, a new and personalized home Wi-Fi experience, Comcast is giving Kansas City area customers the fastest speeds, the best coverage and ultimate Wi-Fi control in their homes.
“With our 1 Gigabit service, customers across Comcast’s suburban Kansas City service area can take advantage of super-fast internet speeds using the existing wiring in their home,” said J.D. Keller, regional vice president, Comcast. “Customers will be able to do all their favorite things—like streaming and gaming—even faster, with a network that has been doubling its capacity every 18 to 24 months to stay well ahead of consumer demand.”
Earlier this month, Comcast launched Xfinity xFi, a platform that provides a simple digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime. Outside the home, most Xfinity Internet customers also have complimentary access to nearly 17 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
“We’re very pleased Comcast is offering 1 Gigabit internet service to all Independence residents, as well as the rest of the company’s area footprint,” said Independence Mayor Eileen Weir. “Our region has been at the forefront of technology for the past several years, and we’re excited about the prospects for an even brighter future with the kinds of investments being made by service providers like Comcast.”
“We’ve worked hard to make certain our residents have access to the most advanced technology, and I’m excited that Comcast is now offering 1 Gigabit internet to all homes in the city of Olathe,” said Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland. “By making these ultra-fast speeds available across their entire service area, Comcast is helping the Kansas City region keep its reputation as one of the nation’s most technologically advanced metropolitan areas.”
The company’s new 1 Gigabit internet service will use DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver the speeds over the existing communications lines that are already in most people’s homes. To enjoy the service, all customers need to do is install a new DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. New and current customers can visit Xfinity.com/gig to learn about the new service and request additional information.
The everyday price for 1 Gigabit service in the Kansas City area is $159.95, without a contract. The company is also testing a $70 per month promotional price, with a one-year service agreement. Additional prices and promotions may be tested in the future.
The introduction of 1 Gigabit internet service is part of Comcast’s multi-million dollar investment in the Kansas City area. Recently, the company also launched Comcast Business Metro Ethernet services for small-to-medium companies experiencing high bandwidth demands or operating in multiple locations.
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