A lot of the time the name “Comcast” is met with disgust, or just general loathing thanks to its poor customer service and bandwidth caps. This time, however, Comcast is rolling out a new service that might actually raise some opinions. Comcast is the first cable company in the US to offer a wireless broadband connection through WiMAX.
The program, called “Comcact High Speed 2go,” starts today in Portland, Oregon. It covers the entire city in 4G wireless WiMAX, and will soon be bringing it to other cites, specifically Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia by the end of the year. The service will cost $50 per month for those who want use it only within those cities, or $70 to use the WiMAX in the cities, and Sprint’s 3G network elsewhere in the country. However, it looks to be that the nationwide plan will not allow you to access Sprint’s 4G networks already in some cities, which seems a bit counter intuitive. For $70 a month it would be nice to be able to use the Sprint WiMAX network in Baltimore and other cities.
While Comcast isn’t the first cable company to offer a wireless connection outside the home, it does seem to be the first to use WiMAX rather than Wi-Fi access points. Although, as Time Warner Cable gets into the same space elsewhere in the country it might not be all that great. If users of one WiMAX service can’t access the WiMAX in other cities, it might be better to wait until the other cell phone companies roll out their LTE networks. Nationwide 4G connection would be nice without having to worry about which company is providing it, though it’s probably just a pipe dream right now.