Comcast is boosting Internet speeds for Olathe, Independence and other KC suburbs

08/01/2014 11:18 AM

08/01/2014 8:08 PM

Comcast announced Friday, as Time Warner Cable did a day earlier, that it is boosting Internet speeds for Kansas City area customers without a price increase.

While TWC’s speedier service will kick in next year, Comcast said its beefier broadband will show up over the next few days.

In the Kansas City market, Comcast is the dominant Internet and TV service provider in Olathe, Independence, Raytown, Belton, Blue Springs and parts of Lee’s Summit.

The news underscores how the Kansas City consumer Internet market boasts connections far faster than the national average, led now by Google Fiber’s 1 gigabit per second service. AT&T also has an agreement pending with Overland Park to build a fiber optic network that would appear to match Google’s service in Kansas City.

Comcast customers who pay for speeds of 25 megabits per second now will get up to 50 megabits. Those buying service for 50 megabits per second will get up to 105 megabits. And subscribers to 105 megabits per second will get up to 150 megabits — all at current prices.

The company said in a news release that the increases will kick in automatically over the next week. But customers who want to see the change immediately “can simply restart their modem.” Some customers will be notified if they need new equipment to power the faster hookups.

Comcast is offering the same free upgrades in some markets in California and Texas and made the changes earlier in Northeastern states.

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