Comcast Xfinity Upload Speed: What To Expect When Subscribing

Xfinity has varying upload speeds among regions. Throughout this guide, I’ll present what upload speeds to expect when subscribing to each plan.
Comcast Xfinity modem and router

As a network enthusiast, I want the best upload speeds. I condensed the upload speeds throughout various regions to help you choose the best plan.

I’ll cover plans throughout different regions to help you learn more about Xfinity’s upload speeds. I’ll also go over what you can do with those speeds. And how they compare to competitors.

Let’s dive in.

Upload Speeds for Xfinity Internet Plans

Each region offers different plans. Thus, you’ll have different upload speeds and plan names. I’ll cover each plan’s upload speeds and their new customer promotion prices throughout this section.

These prices also include the discounts from enabling paperless and automatic billing. You won’t get the $5–10 discount until 30 days after activating these features.

Keep in mind that almost all Xfinity plans have a 1.2 terabyte (TB) data cap. Plans not within this limit include Gigabit Pro, Unlimited Internet (obviously), and their prepaid internet. Once you pass this limit, you’ll need to feed Comcast more money.

I’ll cover more details about this in a bit.

Central Division

Here are the upload speeds for Xfinity internet packages in their Central Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price*: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Connect5010$25
Connect More10010$40
Fast30010$50
Superfast60020$50
Ultrafast90020$60
Gigabit Extra1,20035$70
Gigabit Pro6,0006,000$300
This table shows the Xfinity upload speeds and new customer prices for Central Division internet plans.

*Data last updated as of post date. These offers can vary based on location and time. 

When reading through these various regions’ upload speeds, you’ll notice a trend. They’re all asymmetrical (except Gigabit Pro).

That means they don’t have the same upload and download speeds.

You’ll do fine for households that don’t require much upload speed. But if you’re home with many streamers, you’re SOL.

Let’s see what the Western Division offers.

Western Division

Now for the upload speeds for the Western Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price*: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Connect5010$20
Connect More10010$40
Fast30010$50
Superfast60020$60
Ultrafast90020$70
Gigabit1,20035$80
Gigabit Pro6,0006,000$300
This table shows the Xfinity upload speeds and new customer prices for Western Division internet plans.

*Data last updated as of post date. These offers can vary based on location and time. 

Northeast Division

And finally, upload speeds for the Northeast Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price*: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Performance Starter5010$65
Performance10010$84
Performance Pro30010$30
Blast!60020$60
Extreme Pro90020$70
Gigabit1,20035$80
Gigabit Pro6,0006,000$300
This table shows the Xfinity upload speeds and new customer prices for Northeastern Division internet plans.

*Data last updated as of post date. These offers can vary based on location and time. 

Why does Xfinity charge more for internet services in the northeast division than in other regions? Well. It seems like Comcast doesn’t want to suffer ANY minor losses.

Some of their ‘reasoning’ comes from expenses like [1]:

  • Local taxes
  • Regulatory cost recovery
  • Franchise fee

Couldn’t they just take a loss and make their pricing easier? Nope. They’d rather make their pricing structure complex to get every penny from us.

Aside from my opinion. Is there any hope of scoring affordable pricing in this region? Yes.

But you’ll need to become an expert negotiator. Before subscribing to Comcast, or before your plan ends, contact their customer service. In my experience, you’ll have the best chances of getting a discount by going into an Xfinity store.

You can always try to negotiate over the phone or through Xfinity Assistant, though.

Remain calm, though. The second you scream at customer service becomes the moment you lose negotiations.

Internet Essentials

Here are the upload speeds for Xfinity’s Internet Essentials and Internet Essentials Pro plans [2]: 

TierUpload Speed (Mbps)Price
Internet Essentials10$25
Internet Essentials Pro*15$40
This table shows the upload speed and prices for Xfinity’s Internet Essentials and Internet Essentials Pro internet plans.

*None of their pages listed the Internet Essentials Pro upload speeds. I contacted their customer service to get this number.

According to the customer service representative I spoke to, prices MAY differ for those who qualify for this plan and live in tribal lands. They told me that “prices depend on what discounts the regional government offers.”

Not the most helpful response. But it’s something to consider when registering for Internet Essentials.

Anyone can’t qualify for the Internet Essential plan.

You must qualify for the government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). That means you’ll need to participate in or have received one of the below programs [3]:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant this year
  • You, or someone in your household, fall 200% or below the federal poverty guidelines
  • Lifeline program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Survivors or Veterans Pension Benefits
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Free and reduced-price school lunch program
  • School breakfast program

You’ll only need to meet one of the requirements to qualify.

Circling back to those who live in tribal lands. You SHOULD get a bigger discount from these services [4]. However, I couldn’t figure out how big.

Anyway:

To enroll in Internet Essentials, you’ll need to meet any of the above qualifications in addition to participating in one of these programs:

  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribal Head Start
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Both the Internet Essentials and Internet Essentials Pro plans offer a reasonable upload speed. As you’ll see later in this post, these upload speeds exceed the numbers you’ll need.

If they meet your needs, see if you qualify. I wish I had known about these programs before I became unqualified.

Don’t make the same mistake as me.

Prepaid Internet

Xfinity’s prepaid internet gives you 10 Mbps upload speeds. What is their prepaid internet service, though?

Think of it like a prepaid cell phone. You pay ahead of time for a set amount of services within a block of time.

With Xfinity’s prepaid internet, you’ll pay $45 per 30 days of internet you use. You can use up to 1 terabyte (TB) of data before they charge you for overage fees. And with the overage charges, you’ll pay $10 per 50 megabytes (MB) of data you use.

But they do offer an unlimited plan.

What Can You Do With Xfinity’s Upload Speeds?

What can you do with Xfinity’s upload speeds? A lot. Here’s a chart of recommended (not minimum) upload speed requirements by task [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]:

TaskRecommended Upload Speed (Mbps)
ZoomGroup calling 1080p: 3.8
1:1 calling 1080p: 3.8
SkypeVideo calling 1080p: 1.5
Group video calling: 0.512
*Twitch StreamingVideo streaming: 2.5–4 (without buffer)
Audio: 1.6
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)1 concurrent call: 5
GamingCasual: 1
Competitive: 10
Online gaming + streaming: 9.24 (with buffer)
Ring Security Cameras2
Facebook Live Streaming10
This table shows various online tasks and their upload speed requirements.

*Some websites recommend having a 35–40% buffer to account for speed fluctuations [12].

These speeds only account for one device. If you have multiple devices doing stuff on the internet simultaneously, you’ll need more upload speed.

I can’t find credible sources that specify how much upload speed you’ll need for more than one device. If you have at least one competitive gamer or Facebook streamer in your home, I recommend going for AT LEAST 10 Mbps upload speeds.

Then you need to consider whether you’re using all of your upload speed. Let me explain. If you run Wi-Fi all the time, you’re likely not going to the most out of your speed.

Wi-Fi’s susceptible to interference from other wireless frequencies and physical obstacles. You’ll want to use an Ethernet cable (if your device has a LAN port) to optimize your signal. If you want to improve your Wi-Fi, I recommend upgrading your router.

Before subscribing to an internet plan, figure out your data usage. Or, just go for the Gigabit Pro plan, and you’ll have all the download and upload speeds you could need.

Here are a couple of examples. Competitive gaming uses the most data in the table I made. So in this example, one user will game online. While another person will game casually online while streaming on Twitch.

You’ll need AT LEAST 19.24 Mbps of upload speeds. You’d need the Ultrafast/Extreme Pro plan or higher to do stuff online without suffering in performance. And that’s if your internet speed isn’t suffering from bottlenecks.

If you have even more devices that require a lot of upload speed, you may have to upgrade to Gigabit Pro. Gigabit offers pretty bad upload speeds (considering it’s a fiber plan).

Areas Xfinity Supports

Xfinity doesn’t support every state in the US. Here’s everywhere you can access their services: 

AlabamaArizonaArkansasCalifornia
ColoradoConnecticutDelawareFlorida
GeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIndiana
KansasKentuckyLouisianaMaine
MarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesota
MississippiMissouriNew HampshireNew Jersey
NevadaNew MexicoNew YorkNorth Carolina
OhioOregonPennsylvaniaSouth Carolina
TennesseeTexasUtahVermont
VirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsin
This table shows the states that qualify for Xfinity’s services.

Xfinity could change the locations they support at any time. So these charts may not be accurate. Moreover, Xfinity may not offer internet to all cities within each state.

So, when signing up, I recommend going on their website and checking. They’ll only give you a ‘tool’ where you enter an address to find your price.

How Does Xfinity Internet Upload Speed Compared With the Competition?

Before deciding who you’ll choose as a provider, let’s see how Xfinity compares to some noteworthy competitors. Keep in mind that not all their competitors support every region.

So you may find yourself in an area that doesn’t support any other ISP on this list.

Also, note that these only include their new customer discounts. These prices will significantly change depending on your internet service provider, terms, and promotions.

Same with the above charts, I included Xfinity’s automatic and paperless billing discounts. These prices DON’T include installation and shipping fees along with taxes.

Only use this chart as a reference. Investigate each provider’s current plans, their prices AFTER your promotional period, and additional discounts.

50 Mbps download speed plans [13]:

Upload Speed (Mbps)Price w/o tax (Promotional Period)Data Cap
AT&T (Internet 50)10$551 TB
Xfinity (Performance Starter/Connect)10$20–651.2 TB
CenturyLink (40 Mbps)5$50NA
This table compares the upload speed, data cap, and price of AT&T and Xfinity’s 50 Mbps plan. And CenturyLink’s 40 Mbps plan.

No one dominated this chart. You’ll love CenturyLink if you use A LOT of data. But they have poor upload speeds.

I’d say Xfinity comes ahead of AT&T.

However:

If you’re in Xfinity’s Northeastern Division, you’ll want to go with AT&T if you don’t use much data.

100 Mbps download speed plans

Upload Speed (Mbps)Price (Promotional Period)Data Cap
AT&T (Internet 100)20$55NA
Xfinity (Performance/Connect More)10$40–841.2 TB
CenturyLink30$50–65NA
Optimum5$29.99NA
This table compares the upload speed, data cap, and price among AT&T, CenturyLink, Optimum, and Xfinity’s 100 Mbps plan.

CenturyLink reigns victorious in this table. Reasonable price and speeds. And no data cap.

Xfinity didn’t do so well. Once you reach this tier, AT&T removes its data cap, which gives it more value. And if you’re on a budget, Optimum offers the most affordable price (with no data cap).

I guess Xfinity (outside of northeast areas) offers a “decent” value. Only $10 more than Optimum and gives you a whole five extra megabits of speed.

Fiber plans (1 Gbps download speeds):

Upload Speed (Mbps)Price (Promotional Period)Data Cap
*AT&T (Internet 1000)940$80NA
Xfinity (Gigabit)35$801.2 TB
CenturyLink940$50–65NA
Optimum (Fiber)940$79.99NA
This table compares the upload speed, data cap, and price among AT&T, CenturyLink, Optimum, and Xfinity’s 1,000 Mbps plan.

*AT&T only has fiber in 21 states [14].

Xfinity’s asymmetric internet speeds shot itself in the foot. You pay as much as AT&T, but you only have 35 Mbps upload speed and a 1.2 TB data cap. THEY DO have 1,200 Mbps download speeds.

Significantly more than their competitors. But otherwise, I’d rather choose anyone else with this plan.

Conclusion

As with any company, Xfinity can (and likely will) change its price at the drop of a hat. They may also change their upload speeds.

Use this guide as a reference, not a definite answer. If you decide to use Comcast as your internet service provider, follow the link I presented in the section ‘Areas Xfinity Supports.’ Enter your address and view your area’s pricing.

Before you go, always check for discounts. Or negotiate. But don’t demand OR expect a discount.

If you’re on one of the above plans and notice your speeds don’t match it, you’ll need to make adjustments. We created a guide to help you fix slow Xfinity internet. Check it out when you get a chance.

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