Comcast just announced that it is bringing its faster-than-Google-Fiber internet service to northern California. New customers will need professional-grade equipment to access those 2GBps speeds and they need to be located near Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay Area, because those are the only areas that qualify for support.

For the rest of us that aren’t available for the new fiber service yet, Comcast is rolling out a 250 Mbps “Extreme 250” speed tier for its internet customers. Comcast is also boosting speeds on its existing tiers, with more affordable plans getting speed jumps from 25 to 45 Mbps depending on the package you choose, all at no extra cost.And the best news about it is that you won’t have to wait that long for it to take effect. Comcast says next month it’ll start the cable internet upgrades with continued rollouts taking place the rest of the year, while the 2Gbps fiber service starts rolling out in June.

“This is Comcast’s 15th speed increase in 13 years. We are proud to boost our existing speeds & most importantly introduce new Internet tiers like the Extreme 250 & Gigabit Pro that will allow our California customers to do more online, across multiple devices.” “We will continue to look for opportunities to increase speeds to not only stay ahead of customer demands, but also to provide a wide range of options that meet customer needs.”Hank Fore, Regional Senior VP of Comcast Cable’s California Region
* The new Internet speeds mentioned throughout this post will not launch in the following California areas: Arbuckle, Coalinga, Cool, Gustine, Huron, Isleton, Le Grand, Lodi, Maxwell, Planada, Rio Vista, Santa Cruz, Santa Nella, Scotts Valley and Williams.