Cable Technology Feature Article
Comcast Snags Business Services Deal with D.C. Start-Up Incubator
By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor
The 1776 campus, which provides 15,000 square feet of co-working space in Washington D.C. to startup organizations involved in the education, energy, healthcare and government industries, has tapped Comcast (News - Alert) Business to provide Ethernet, Internet, Business VoiceEdge and TV services.
The incubation space and events venue, located close to the White House, opened in April 2013 to offer its members a collaborative working environment while also connecting them with various political, intellectual, social and financial organizations through networking events, educational programs and investment opportunities that can help assist them in achieving their business objectives.
"1776 has already received over 300 membership applications from companies around the U.S. and internationally, and the advanced technology infrastructure that we're able to provide to our members via Comcast is a large part of what makes our property so appealing to these fast-growing start-ups," said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. "Businesses need access to scalable high-performance network services that give them room to grow while still being flexible enough to conform to their specific needs. Comcast Business will provide our 213 confirmed members at more than 115 companies with the connectivity they need to continue doing what they do best innovating."
As part of the arrangement, all 1776 members will have access to Comcast's next-generation network services via both Business Class Internet and an Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection that can scale up to 10Gbps of speed. Members will also be able to purchase Business TV from Comcast, along with Business VoiceEdge and Business Class Voice services, which are all backed by 24/7 customer support and a dedicated local account team.
The win demonstrates the continuing push by cable into broadband and business services—a bright spot in quarterly earnings for a sector that continues to lose basic video subscribers to satellite and telco rivals.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey