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Comcast offering new 1-gigabit service in Pierce County

The XB6 modem is new and the only modem in the Comcast product lineup that has the capacity to deliver giagabit speeds. Customers will need to upgrade to the new hardware to get the faster speeds.
The XB6 modem is new and the only modem in the Comcast product lineup that has the capacity to deliver giagabit speeds. Customers will need to upgrade to the new hardware to get the faster speeds. Comcast

Comcast announced Thursday morning that it’s offering new online service delivering speeds up to one gigabit per second to residential customers in Tacoma and Pierce County.

“Comcast’s new one-gigabit service is available in most areas of unincorporated Pierce County and throughout the following cities: Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Puyallup, Roy, Ruston, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place and Wilkeson,” according to the announcement.

The new speed will be available to customers within existing Comcast service areas without the need for additional fiber or cable, said Linda Farmer, communications manager for Comcast.

“The service will work on Comcast’s existing footprint, so if a single-family home or apartment complex are in our service area, they’re eligible for one-gig speeds,” Farmer said.

Customers will need to upgrade to a new modem if they want the super-fast service, with a $10 a month rental fee.

The new service, for those who decide to purchase, will cost $159.99 a month.

“There are a number of lower-priced promotions that will be rolled out this week that are based on where the customer lives,” Farmer added.

The company rolled out one gigabit per second service earlier this year in King County. The rest of the state will see the service phased in between now and the end of 2018, according to Comcast.

Customers can order the service at www.Xfinity.com/gig

“Access to gigabit internet service has been one of my highest priorities as a Pierce County council member. This service will improve the quality of life for residents in both urban and rural areas and help secure our economic future,” Pierce County Councilman Derek Young said in Thursday’s news release. “Super-fast speeds mean we can continue to build the South Sound as a vibrant place to live and innovate.”

CenturyLink introduced one-gigabit service two years ago and has more than 46,000 households in the county enabled with it, according to a CenturyLink representative.

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