Comcast announced it invested nearly $3.6 million to bring its smart, fast, reliable high speed broadband network – the Xfinity 10G Network – to Caruthers, a rural community in Fresno County, California. Expanding its secure Xfinity 10G Network and commercial broadband services to rural areas is an important part of Comcast’s overall effort to increase digital equity in the Central Valley.
Today’s announcement follows Comcast’s high speed broadband expansions in Biola, CA, another rural community in Fresno County where the company invested $1 million, and Planada, CA, a rural community in Merced County where Comcast invested $4.5 million. Work is underway on Xfinity 10G Network expansion projects in several additional areas of Fresno and Merced Counties.
Caruthers residential customers will now have access to Xfinity’s full suite of internet products, including Internet Essentials, which provides low cost, high speed broadband for income-constrained households. Since its inception in 2011, the program has connected more than 1.4 million residents across California. Businesses in the area will now be able to take advantage of the full suite of Comcast Business products and services. Comcast also participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides qualifying households with a $30 monthly credit toward internet and mobile services.
“I greatly appreciate Comcast’s significant investments in our rural communities and the expansion of high-speed broadband access for the residents and business owners in Caruthers,” said Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes. “Continuing to invest in rural communities has a significant, positive impact on the lives of families, students, seniors and veterans and helps to close the Digital Divide. Our community will now have access to a broader range of educational opportunities, better jobs, digital literacy training and workforce development skills. Internet access is at the center of our modern lives and the quality of those lives will be greatly enhanced here, thanks to Comcast.”
“The Central Valley continues to be a big focus for us here at Comcast as we continue to invest and expand our high speed, high-capacity network in the State,” said Regional Senior Vice President David Tashjian. “We understand that fast, reliable and secure Internet access has become a necessity for everyone, and we’re excited to be able to bring our Xfinity 10G Network to these communities to create lasting impactful change.”
Through September 30, Comcast will be showcasing products and services available to customers and providing a number of raffle prizes and giveaways to attendees at the Caruthers District Fair, California’s largest and longest-running free gate fair. Community members are encouraged to visit with Comcast representatives to learn how the company’s Internet and other services can support their residential or business needs.
Powered by the Xfinity 10G Network
Comcast’s network and Internet experience are powering homes and businesses today and into the future:
Ultimate Capacity: Xfinity customers connect more than 1 billion devices across the company’s network annually. The Xfinity 10G Network with the next-generation Xfinity gateways deliver the most advanced WiFi technology carrying three times more bandwidth to power streaming, gaming, videoconferencing, and more, simultaneously.
Fastest Internet: More than a third of Xfinity Internet customers subscribe to gigabit speed products, and symmetrical gig speeds are planned to come to the first homes later this year.
Unprecedented Coverage: The latest Xfinity Gateway provides a more reliable connection throughout the home. Customers can get wall-to-wall WiFi coverage with a powerful Xfinity WiFi Boost Pod that extends coverage to hard-to-reach areas, with plans for an offering of increased support for in-home WiFi through a “boost guarantee” later this year.
Most Reliable Connection: Comcast is scaling the nation’s largest and most reliable network – the Xfinity 10G Network – that passes 60 million homes and businesses and counting. The company launched Storm-Ready WiFi, a new device that comes equipped with cellular and battery backup to help keep customers connected even when the power goes out.
Ultra-Low Latency: The Xfinity 10G Network and the latest Xfinity Gateway are a powerful combination that deliver ultra-low latency for those moments when response times matter most like video games, a fast-growing category with Xfinity households averaging more than one gaming console per home.
For local businesses, Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, cybersecurity, managed solutions and Comcast Business Mobile products designed specifically for their employee’s needs. 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 and Internet provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading providers to larger organizations in the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.