By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – Comcast announced Tuesday that it will offer symmetrical, 2 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) service to nearly 1.5 million homes across the following Michigan.

The Gigabit Pro service will be offered to residential customers in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson and Lansing. The faster Internet will be delivered through a fiber-to-the-home solution, the company stated.

“Michigan is swarming with tech-savvy residents who have a need for even faster speeds,” said Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast Cable’s Heartland Region, in a release. “Bringing this new level of ‘fast’ to our customers reflects more than just our commitment to meeting their needs today, but also into the future.”

Homes in close proximity to Comcast’s fiber network – which has been built out to cover more than 145,000 route miles across its service area – will be eligible to receive Gigabit Pro. To receive the service, customers will need to have professional-grade equipment installed in their home.

“To be able to benefit from the country’s fastest broadband speeds will be welcome news for these Michigan communities whose residents have once again been afforded an opportunity to be in front of the technology revolution,” said State Sen. Mike Nofs, Chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee.

Michigan is the latest market to receive the Gigabit Pro service. It has been previously been announced for markets including: Atlanta, California, Greater Chicago (which includes Benton Harbor and St. Joseph), Houston and Nashville, Tenn., the Twin Cities, Utah and Washington State.

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