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Comcast expanding broadband to Lake Champlain islands

first_imgComcast, Vermont’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced the beginning of a massive 170-mile extension of its fiber-optic network in Vermont that will mark the introduction of broadband for consumers and local businesses in South Hero, Grand Isle and North Hero.Local Comcast representatives met with the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce and Front Porch Forum at the Grand Isle Lake House last Wednesday night to discuss the details of the company’s project. When this broadband expansion is completed later this year, residents and local businesses in these three communities will gain access to Comcast’s cable television, high-speed Internet and digital voice services. In all, Comcast is on pace to expand its fiber-optic network in Vermont by a total of more than 300 miles this year. By the end of the year, Comcast will have extended its fiber-optic network by more than 1,000 miles since the company arrived in the Green Mountain State in 2006.Many residents and businesses in the communities benefiting from this network extension still depend on copper-wire phone service, dial-up Internet and one-way satellite TV service, which cannot compete with the speeds of Comcast’s Internet speeds, match the clarity of Comcast’s High Definition picture or deliver Comcast’s unique On Demand programming.  Consumers in these communities will also soon be able to take advantage of the convenience and monthly savings of Comcast’s bundled packages.  Comcast’s fiber-optic network and its Business Class services also will become available to local businesses, meaning that local companies for the first time will have access to cutting-edge communications technologies.“We are delivering on our commitment to bring cutting-edge services to many parts of Vermont that have never before had broadband,” said Pam Mackenzie, Vice President of Comcast’s Vermont system.  “We’re beginning to deploy construction crews throughout the Islands and are hard at work getting the job done. As more and more Vermont consumers and businesses gain access to our fiber-optic network, the largest network of its kind in the country, they are taking advantage of the most advanced services in the country. We’re excited to be bringing broadband to even more Vermont communities this year.”Consumers will be notified as Comcast services become available in their communities, she said.Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in this time, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High Definition television service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service, Digital Voice, and the company’s Business Class suite of voice, Internet and cable television services for small and medium-sized businesses.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com(link is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.9 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.0 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net(link is external)). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.Comcast’s New England regions serve 2.6 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and New York and employ nearly 7,000 individuals.Source: Comcast. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT (October 7, 2009) – ###last_img

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