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Comcast partners with state for broadband expansion

Company expands to Darlington all levels of broadband service for low-income households

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INDIANAPOLIS — In its ongoing efforts to invest in rural communities, Comcast completed a more than 10-mile-long fiber build from Crawfordsville along Indiana State Route 47 to Darlington where the company will provide up to 1.2 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) internet to nearly 350 Hoosier households.

This comprehensive infrastructure build is part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program” intended to bring high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved areas in Indiana.

“A partnership like this is what the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program is all about, communities and businesses working together to level the technology playing field for rural areas,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who oversees the NLC Broadband initiative. “We want to give all Hoosier households, businesses and community institutions access to a reliable, affordable network that is capable of the same high level of performance and security as what’s available in larger, more urban areas. Comcast’s work in Darlington is a great example of how this program can work.”

“The Town of Darlington has been without a broadband provider for many years,” said Kim Carpenter, president of the town council. “That time is over now that Comcast and the State of Indiana have chosen to invest in our community. It will allow our children to learn remotely, parents to work remotely or possibly start that home-based business, and it will provide the services our businesses need to succeed.”

Residential customers in this area will be able to take advantage of Xfinity’s full suite of internet products. These include Internet Essentials, which brings broadband into the home for low-income families for $9.95 per month; speeds up to 1.2 Gbps; advanced WiFi technology capable of delivering speeds faster than a Gig to support the ever-increasing number of connected devices in their homes; xFi, a digital dashboard to control their home WiFi network that includes Advanced Security protecting every device on the network from malware and security threats; and Flex, a free 4K platform for internet-only customers that seamlessly delivers their streaming content.

Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, communications, networking, cybersecurity, wireless, and managed solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market.

“Indiana’s Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program leverages the strengths of public/private partnerships to deploy broadband infrastructure to every rural community still lacking high-speed service,” said Jeff Marston, vice president of Business Services for Comcast.

This partnership is part of Comcast’s plan to expand service to rural areas in Indiana. Last year, Comcast expanded its network to reach residents and businesses in Tell City. Additionally, the company enhanced its network in Clarks Hill and Thorntown, providing the same top-tier service to these rural communities that the company provides in larger cities, like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

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