The Kansas City gigabit market just become more crowded.
In addition to Google Fiber and AT&T, Comcast has now joined the ranks of Kansas City Internet providers offering gigabit speeds.
In 2017 Comcast will begin to roll out residential gigabit Internet service to customers in the Kansas City suburban area. The company will deliver the speedier service with the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes. To access the service, however, customers will need to install a Comcast cable modem.
“Currently, nearly 80 percent of Comcast customers have 50 megabit speeds or more, nationwide,” regional Comcast vice president Jeff Freyer said in a release. “Soon, early adopters in our suburban Kansas City footprint will be able to enjoy a new gigabit service that delivers some of the fastest speeds on their block, without our having to tear up streets or rewire a customer’s home.”
A Comcast spokeswoman said the company has not yet decided how much it will charge for gigabit services. The company now charges $60 per month for 150 megabit Internet service.
Comcast is available in Olathe, Independence and much of eastern Jackson county.
Google Fiber and AT&T have long provided gigabit service in Kansas City. AT&T Fiber costs $70 per month for a 12-month agreement before installation fees. Google Fiber costs $70 per month after installation fees.