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This week Comcast took a break from putting people on hold to increase download speeds for 85 percent of their Washington customers. It’s part of a move that’s seeing increases in numerous states in their western division, including California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

KIRO Nights’ Gee Scott and Aaron Mason didn’t seem to greet the news with a great deal of fanfare.

“Have you noticed your internet speeds have gotten faster in the last week?” Aaron asked Gee.
“No.”
“Me either.”

But for other people, Comcast said that the increases are meant to keep up with the rapidly growing amount of devices that connect to the internet, like doorbells, watches, thermostats, speakers, and other things that don’t really need to be connected to the internet.

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The upgrade will apply to four of the Xfinity internet packages, including Performance Plus going from 60 Mbps to 75 Mbps, Performance Pro from 150 Mbps to 175 Mbps, Blast! Pro from 250 Mbps to 275 Mbps, and Extreme Pro from 400 Mbps to 500 Mbps, reports Geekwire. Of course, this all implies that your particular modem is compatible with the upgrade.

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Gee can’t help but be amused by the slick names for the various internet plans, and how people react to them.

“Most of the time, the one that’s going to do the most business is going to be the performance pro, number two. When it comes to buying things, people don’t want the cheapest, but they don’t want the most expensive either,” Gee said. “So they go a step below … And just so you know, guys, businesses know that.”

“Have you been with me when I order wine? Because that’s pretty much what I do,” Aaron joked.

Listen to KIRO Nights with Gee Scott and Aaron Mason weekdays from 7-10 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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