Comcast announced that it has installed fiber optic cable in its vast network of high-speed Internet connections to the home and office.
Customers will now be able to purchase a new cable box for $1,199 and have it automatically connected to the Comcast fiber network at no additional charge.
Comcast also launched a $3.99 service called Optimum for $50 per month, which gives customers a monthly allotment of 100 megabytes of bandwidth, a 4G connection and a $5 data allowance.
Comcast said it is also introducing a $10 data fee for customers that want to upgrade to Optimum or the $10/month service Optimum Plus.
Comcast is also offering customers a $2 monthly credit for their cable subscription, but those customers can opt out if they prefer.
Comcast plans to provide more details about the new upgrades on its website tomorrow.
A new $15 cable package is also on the way for the rest of the country, Comcast said.
Comcast says the new package will include: One high-definition video cable with 100 Mbps and up to 400 Mbps for $75 per month; a high-quality video cable, including the latest HD and 4K streaming options, for $150 per month.
The $75/month cable package will offer additional data for $10 per month and an additional 100 Mbps broadband service.
Comcast subscribers who are on the Optimum program will also get additional service with additional bandwidth for $5 per month on top of their monthly cable bill.
Cable operators say the upgrades will allow them to expand their network more quickly and more aggressively than before, because more customers are being added to the network.
Comcast says it is adding 10,000 new Internet connections each day, and it plans to have more than 200 million customers in the United States by 2021.