The competition to provide high-speed downloads in the Corinth area is intensifying.

Comcast is currently promoting increased speeds available through its Xfinity internet service while ACE Fiber continues its rollout of fiber service, with both offering gigabit speeds.

Comcast announced this week the addition of three new high-speed internet service tiers for Corinth residential and business customers, including a gigabit tier. The new services are Xfinity Extreme (speeds up to 400 Mbps), Extreme Pro (800 Mbps) and gigabit speed (1.2 Gbps). The services are available through the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes and businesses.

According to a mailer sent to area residents, the gig-speed Internet provides a maximum download speed of 940 Mbps when hardwired via ethernet. The fastest tier is described as “for today’s ultra-connected, smart household.”

Subscribers also get access to Comcast’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots, which the company describes as the nation’s largest.

The other available speed tiers are Blast! (up to 200 Mbps), Performance (100 Mbps) and Performance Starter (25 Mbps).

The company did not specify pricing.

“Our investment in Mississippi continues with the launch of some of the nation’s fastest internet speeds to our customers,” said Jason Gumbs, Comcast’s regional senior vice president, in a news release.

The competition now gives some local residential customers a choice for gigabit-speed internet service. ACE’s fiber service is now available in much of Corinth, as well as the Farmington and Glen areas. Construction in the Biggersville and Rienzi areas is expected this summer, followed by the Kossuth area in the winter.

ACE’s speed tiers are 2 Gbps, 1 Gbps and 200 Mbps with equal upload speeds. The power cooperative does not require a contract for the internet service.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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