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Comcast’s rural broadband expansion continues with investment in Preston

Comcast recently announced it is upgrading and expanding the reach of its network serving Preston County and will pass roughly 470 rural homes and businesses with 31 miles of new fiber construction to bring broadband service to its current video-only customers in the Rowlesburg area and new customers to the north and east.

Upon completion of the project by fall 2022, residential customers will have access to all Xfinity services, including Xfinity Internet; Internet Essentials for qualifying low-income families at $9.95 per month; the Xfinity X1 video platform; Xfinity Home; Xfinity Voice; and Xfinity Mobile.
Businesses in this area will be able to get the full suite of Comcast Business products and services, including Ethernet network speeds up to 100 Gigabits-per-second.

Comcast completed a similar expansion to its Bruceton Mills service area in northern Preston County in 2019, bringing gigabit speeds and all its Xfinity products to more than 800 homes, and since 2017 has invested more than $15 billion in its network nationwide.

“We are redefining what people should expect from broadband and how it keeps families connected to their educational, professional and entertainment needs in a digital world,” said Toni Murphy, senior vice president of Comcast’s Keystone region. “We’re pleased to bring this service to more of our customers in Preston County.”

Part of Comcast’s ongoing commitment to continue investing in its national network and the overall customer experience, this expansion is just the latest made recently by Comcast in West Virginia, where in 2020 it expanded broadband services by 121 miles, reaching 1,604 new homes and businesses. This year, Comcast also expanded its network a combined eight miles to reach 36 homes in Ohio and Marion counties, delivering customers access to internet speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps.

Comcast also has connected more than 48,000 low-income West Virginia residents to broadband service in the first 10 years of its Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest broadband adoption program.