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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 10:23 am

Faster., faster!

 In “Unplugged” I wondered why Illinois’ internet service is so backward. I probably should have specified Downstate Illinois.

These days Comcast customers in suburbs can get service with downloads speeds reliably in 125-135 Mbps range for under seventy bucks.

Last month Comcast announced its plans to offer 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Chicago residential and business customers – that’s about eight times faster than the speed cited above. Unlike past high-speed service, it can be delivered over existing lines, although it will require a new modem. The faster service will allow customers to download an HD movie in about 40 seconds. The faster service will become available  in the second half of 2016. No word yet on price. 

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