Comcast Business, a unit of cable MSO Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) says its full portfolio of Ethernet services are now available across 17 communities in Rutland County, VT. Customers in those communities will have access to secure, scalable bandwidth for cloud computing, mobility, online backup, and more.
The expansion builds on Comcast Business’ 2013 expansion of these services across nearby Chittenden County and marks the next step in its focus on the state. Comcast’s fiber-optic network now extends across the 17 municipalities of Chittenden, Clarendon, Cuttingsville, Danby, Ira, Killington, Mendon, Middletown Springs, Mount Holly, Mount Tabor, North Clarendon, Pittsford, Proctor, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth, and Wallingford.
Offering speeds up to 10 Gbps, Comcast Ethernet services are designed specifically for businesses, schools, hospitals, and other companies requiring more bandwidth, looking to network multiple locations together, or planning to connect their offices to a third-party data center.
With approximately 70,000 residents, Rutland County is home to hundreds of diverse businesses, ranging from environmental services and healthcare systems to aircraft equipment suppliers and world-renowned ski resorts.
"Whether it's a manufacturer sending a detailed diagram of a new airplane part or a ski resort needing more Wi-Fi capacity, bandwidth is increasingly becoming the language of all businesses," said Charlie Tzoumas, vice president for Comcast Business in the Western New England region, which includes Vermont. "We've made significant investments to expand the availability of our services across the state, starting with our 2013 rollout of Ethernet across Chittenden County and now with this expansion in Rutland County, and we're excited to bring our Ethernet services to more of Vermont to help drive competition, innovation, and value for our customers."
Comcast Business offers four Ethernet services, including:
- Ethernet Private Line – point-to-point connectivity between two customer sites for bandwidth-intensive applications.
- Ethernet Virtual Private Line – a point-to-multipoint connection that allows customers to tailor bandwidth, performance characteristics and cost to meet the needs of their applications.
- Ethernet Network Service – multipoint-to-multipoint connectivity to connect organizations with high-bandwidth requirements and multiple locations across Comcast's network.
- Ethernet Dedicated Internet – continuous, high-bandwidth connectivity between customers' LANs and the public Internet.
Comcast's network features a 100-Gbps backbone and expanded local footprint through Ethernet over hybrid fiber/coax (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 from Comcast's dedicated network operations centers.
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