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Nathan Steadman, a Comcast network technician, pictured while working at Layton on January 15, 2021.

Photo provided, Kim Raff/Xfinity

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Nathan Steadman, a Comcast network technician, pictured while working at Layton on January 15, 2021.

Photo provided, Kim Raff/Xfinity

SALT LAKE CITY – Comcast Corp.the telecommunications giant that operates the broadband internet provider Xfinitystrengthened its network in northern Utah with a $4 million expansion that provides access to nearly 2,000 additional homes in South Ogden, Kaysville, Bountiful and Farmington.

The company announced the expansion Monday, and it comes as leaders and residents of more towns in Weber and Davis counties consider how to increase internet options in their areas. Companies like UTOPIA Fiber and Ogden-based Connext have also been pushing to increase broadband internet offerings in the region.

“We’re expanding our service area to make it accessible to new households, additional households, and customers who didn’t have access to it before,” Chris Dunkeson, regional vice president for Comcast in Utah, said Monday. Arizona and New Mexico.

He said the expansion, completed about a month ago, brings the Comcast network into areas where homes have only recently been built. Company officials worked with leaders of affected cities to determine where coverage was lacking.

Comcast representatives are “continually investing and making sure that we grow into these new neighborhoods and these new cities and places that are popping up where we may not have had existing service before,” said Deneiva Knight, director Comcast External Affairs. Knight, based in Salt Lake City, and Dunkeson, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, spoke by phone Monday with the Standard-Examiner.

Broadband access is a growing topic of debate in northern Utah and beyond as more educational and business functions are handled from home, requiring high-speed connectivity extended home. This has been discussed in many places, and West Haven officials last month approved an agreement with the Utah Infrastructure Agency, a sister agency of UTOPIA, to build a 17.6 fiber optic network. million dollars in the city to improve accessibility.

Syracuse officials inaugurated a $23.5 million UTOPIA broadband network in this Davis County town last December, among many other locations opting for systems built by the Murray-based community-owned entity. . Last February, Connext announced the completion of the first phase of a new fiber network the private company is building in Clinton, one of several locations where it is expanding.

Davis County Commissioner Lorene Kamalu, who is listening to demands for increased internet access in Utah and beyond, hailed Comcast’s plans and, more broadly, increased provider interest in expanding their infrastructure.

“I personally think it’s great to have competition,” she said, noting that there are still areas in Davis County with limited or patchy internet access. A “robust broadband infrastructure,” she said, helps attract new business, while Dunkeson stressed the importance of competition to bring “additional innovation to internet services” in Utah.

Comcast has invested more than $900 million in strengthening its network in Utah over the past 12 years, Dunkeson said, also noting that company officials welcome feedback on where to expand. “I think one of the best ways is for people to contact us or contact the community they live in. We’re happy to work with communities and see where the opportunities are and see where we can add value. value,” he said.

Knight also noted the Comcast initiative Internet Essentials, which gives customers “in financial difficulty” access to a lower-cost internet option of $9.95 per month. Some 188,000 Utahns use the program.

Representatives of Utah Broadband Centerwhich is part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, launched a campaign last March for the utans report internet speed where they live and work. The goal is to identify areas with little or no broadband internet access.

“Broadband is more than just Internet access; it’s having the bandwidth to reasonably work, learn, or access health care virtually from business or home,” the governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity said in announcing its initiative.


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