Comcast completes Pennsylvania rural broadband project

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Comcast confirms the completion of its network expansion to bring gigabit broadband to Sullivan County.

Following the project, Comcast has announced plans for the construction phases of additional investments in five Pennsylvania counties which will connect nearly 3,400 rural homes and businesses in total.

“We have committed to investing in and expanding our network to ensure that more customers across our region have the critical broadband connections they need for their educational, professional and personal lives,” said Toni Murphy (pictured), senior vice president of Comcast’s Keystone Region.

“We are proud to connect these rural communities with fast, secure and dependable internet service that is built to meet their needs today and into the future.”

The project covers the boroughs of Eagles Mere and Laporte and totals 1,315 homes and businesses. The planned extensions will be in the Sonestown and Muncy Valley areas.

“I applaud Comcast and their investment in Sullivan County. These past 18 months have been difficult for everyone, but especially for those living in rural areas that lack broadband service, and who were expected to learn and work from their homes,” said Gene Yaw, state senator.

“I appreciate Comcast’s commitment to closing the Sullivan County expansion which includes the digital divide in Sullivan County and addressing the needs of our unserved and underserved residents.”

In addition, Comcast will expand its network to pass homes and businesses in Colerain Township in Lancaster County, also by autumn 2022, with network expansions are already underway to pass 1,725 homes and businesses in parts of Northumberland County, Montour County and Columbia County due to be completed by the end of 2021.

“This announcement changes the very landscape of opportunities for our friends and neighbours,” said Bryan Cutler, Pennsylvania speaker of the house, representing Colerain Township.

“High speed broadband access opens up a new world of educational access to residents today, and for future generations who will call our community home.”

These network expansions follow investments made by Comcast in the past 27 months that have already delivered broadband to 8,800 rural homes and businesses in Cambria, Clearfield, Fayette and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania; Preston and Ohio counties in West Virginia; and Garrett County in Maryland.