LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Business today announced a major expansion of its advanced fiber network to the Meyers Business Park in Chico, California, and will hold a ribbon cutting celebration today at 11:45 a.m. at 24 Bellarmine Court to unveil the network. Elected officials, as well as business and community leaders from across the region, are expected to attend to applaud the new high-capacity network and what it means to Chico businesses, including manufacturing, construction and agriculture, to help them manage data growth, drive application performance, and take advantage of data center and cloud services.
"Scalable, secure, high-performance network services continue to increase in importance for companies of all sizes. Comcast's investment in the Chico area will help drive innovation in agriculture, construction and other industries in our region," said Mark Sorenson, Mayor, City of Chico.
Comcast installed more than three and a half miles of fiber, both underground and aerial, from its existing lines to the business park and its 166 businesses. The high-performance fiber network will provide the businesses with Internet services up to 10 Gbps, which is critical for the site's data intensive businesses. The expansion comes as a result of a more than $350,000 investment from Comcast.
"In order to effectively serve our customers, our business demands fast, dependable Internet service," said, Rex Munroe, Owner of Culligan Water of Chico. "Without the technology upgrade in Chico made possible by Comcast, we would not be able to increase productivity and support our growing customer base."
"Businesses of all sizes need reliable, secure, low-latency network services to not just survive in today's digital environment, but to thrive in it," said Ted Girdner, regional vice president of Comcast Business. "Our investment in Chico, and throughout Northern California, demonstrates our continued commitment to bringing businesses more options for high-capacity network connectivity that are increasing the foundation for economic development and business growth."
Businesses in the area will now have access to Comcast's comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet options, including Ethernet Dedicated Internet, Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Ethernet Network Services that provide Internet access, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connectivity at bandwidth that scales up to 10 Gbps. Companies will also be able to deploy Comcast Business VoiceEdge™, a cloud-based voice and unified communications solution designed to help customers run a faster, more efficient business.
All of Comcast's multi-gigabit Ethernet services are delivered over an advanced network that spans 140,000 miles across 39 states and the District of Columbia. Serving 20 of the top 25 U.S. markets, Comcast's network features a 100 Gbps backbone and expanded local footprint through Ethernet over HFC. Bandwidth is available up to 10 Gbps and can be scaled in increments and offered in three different classes of service, backed by strict service level agreements and monitored 24x7x365 from Comcast's dedicated Network Operations Centers. Comcast was the first service provider in the world to offer Metro Ethernet Forum CE 2.0 certified Ethernet services and was also the first service provider to achieve all three of the previous CE 1.0 certifications (MEF 9, 14 and 18).
Comcast Business recently received four Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Ethernet Excellence Awards, including the prestigious Best Service of the Year for North America. In addition, Comcast Business was named the fastest-growing Ethernet provider on Vertical Systems Group's Year-End 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD for the second consecutive year.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24x7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.
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About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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