PLYMOUTH – Two years after Detroit became one of the first cities in the U.S. to get gigabit Internet speed from Comcast, the company has announced that it is now the nation’s largest provider of gigabit broadband that is available to nearly all of the cable company’s 58 million homes and businesses, including 99.2 percent of Comcast homes in metro Detroit.

Comcast has increased speeds 17 times in 17 years and doubles the capacity of its broadband network every 18-24 months.

Earlier this month, the company added a new ultra-fast 400Mbps speed tier for Michigan residential customers, and today 73.3 percent of Michigan customers subscribe to speeds of 100Mbps or higher, compared to 14 percent  in 2016.

In the home, Comcast’s residential broadband service is now powered and controlled by Xfinity xFi, a digital dashboard that personalizes, monitors and manages WiFi connected devices in the home.  Consumers now can add xFi Pods, small, easy to install extenders that plug into any electrical outlet, pairs with xFi Wireless Gateways, and help customers create a mesh network that extends coverage to hard-to-reach areas of their home.

Outside the home, Xfinity Internet customers also have access to more than 19 million WiFi hotspots, so they can stay connected on the go at no additional cost.

“By making these tremendous investments in gig speed, network reliability, WiFi coverage and control we’ve set a foundation for delivering the next-gen broadband and WiFi-based services that will define the modern digital home,” said Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast in Michigan. “And we’re not finished. In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing even more services, like advanced security, giving consumers even more control of their WiFi experience – and all powered by our gig-capable network.”

Comcast’s residential Xfinity Gigabit internet service uses the existing network connections that are already in most customers’ homes.  Installation is easy and requires no special construction or digging up lawns.  In many cases, customers don’t need a service visit, as the broadband equipment comes with a simple self-installation kit.

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