Comcast to offer high-speed Internet and digital cable soon
SUMMIT COUNTY – To many Summit County residents, it’s been a long time coming.As part of a more than $200 million upgrade to its cable system, Comcast has begun laying fiber optic lines across the county, causing sporadic interruptions in service and setting the stage for a variety of services including digital cable, High Definition Television (HDTV) and broadband Internet.”With the merger of Comcast and AT&T, Comcast has really put the capital into different parts of the (project),” company spokeswoman Tiffany Payne said. “This is their top priority.”The company began upgrade work in the county in April and expects to launch its digital cable service in July. The company plans to offer its Internet services in August, and Comcast officials hope to complete all construction by the end of October.Digital cable is currently available in small pockets of the county, including parts of Breckenridge, because of the previous presence of Classic Cable, which recently transferred service to Comcast. However, this will be the first offering to reach the majority of county residents.”This network is a major business and economic commitment to the Summit County community,” Comcast General Manager Jim Niswender said.If everything goes as planned, the company’s Internet offerings will be the first of their kind in the county and will offer yet another option for local consumers. While dial-up and satellite services are now available countywide, and wireless and DSL access reach a limited customer base, cable services could potentially offer the greatest number of county residents high-speed service for a lower rate than anything except DSL and dial-up.Consumers can expect to pay $45.95 a month with modem rental if they are cable subscribers and $55.95 a month with modem rental if they are not, according to Payne. Premium installation fees will be $99, and basic installation will run $49, she said.
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