Coming this summer: Faster speed from Comcast
Here at D4, Steve Burke, president of Comcast sparred with moderator Kara Swisher, and the audience, over net neutrality. On the one hand Burke agrees that offering different access to different sites, "is one of the dumbest things we could do."
On the other hand, look this summer for new ways to pay for extra bandwidth from Comcast. Personally, I'm in the process of signing up for Comcast's higher "tier" of access -- 8 megabits/second instead of the standard 6 mbps. And coming this summer is a new feature called "Speed Boost," which will spike your bandwidth when you need it. "Within seconds of touching the keyboard, your speed will go up to 16 megabits. When you're not there, it will drop back down to six." It's unclear if this is a refinement on the Comcast's previous announcement about higher speeds, or a different product.
We all want faster Net access. But are we willing to pay for it?