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March 18, 2013

Comcast Intros Ethernet Services to Six Communities in Chittenden County, Vermont

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Businesses, schools, hospitals and other organizations in Vermont area requiring more bandwidth or the need to connect multiple locations, now have the option to switch to Comcast’s (News - Alert) Ethernet services, which will soon be introduced across six communities in Chittenden County, Vermont.

Housing a large number of the state's businesses, from world famous snowboard manufacturers to global high technology companies and others, the six towns in northwest Vermont is expected to grow and strengthen over time as companies are started, expanded or relocated in these areas.

Comcast thus wants to make use of this opportunity and has subsequently made investments to extend its fiber network, and expand the availability of its Ethernet services in these communities. This new deployment is said to support local businesses and provide office parks and industrial centers with an additional choice for their tenants for Internet access and network connectivity.

"A key to attracting businesses and jobs to Vermont is ensuring we have world-class broadband connectivity to match our world-class quality of life," said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. "Comcast's expansion of its fiber network and new Ethernet services in Chittenden County represents just the sort of private investment, by multiple companies in areas throughout our state, which is bringing Vermont the quality Internet services we need to spur economic development. I very much appreciate Comcast's continued focus on improving and expanding its service in Vermont."

Comcast's network includes a 100Gbps backbone and fiber-rich reach into its markets, with an expanded local footprint through Ethernet over HFC. The company is offering bandwidth up to 10Gbps, and can be remotely scaled in increments and offered in three different classes of service, backed by strict service level agreements and monitored 24/7/365 from Comcast's dedicated Network Operations Centers.

"The fiber-rich network behind our Ethernet services offers local businesses a reliable, cost-effective and secure solution for their data needs," said Charlie Tzoumas, vice president for Comcast Business Services in the Western New England Region, including Vermont.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet services, with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications.

Edited by Braden Becker

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