Comcast Hawks Broadband to Businesses2/12/2001 5:07 AM Eastern
Comcast Corp. has become the latest MSO to launch a unit aimed at serving up
a portfolio of broadband services to the commercial market, which is typically
dominated by digital-subscriber-line providers.
On Comcast Business Communications' menu: high-speed Internet access, data
networking, Web hosting and local/long-distance voice services. By deploying its
optical networks closer to the business sector, the company said, it plans to
'tailor' those services based on customer requirements.
Led by president Robert Keane, Comcast Business Communications will operate
independently but report directly to its parent company, Comcast Corp.
Expanding residential services to include business offerings 'was a natural'
step, Comcast Corp. president Brian Roberts said in a press release.
Comcast's commercial unit initially will serve Baltimore, followed by
expansions throughout this year into Philadelphia, Detroit and areas of New
Jersey and Virginia, the company said.
Cox Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable have also expanded their
business-services footprints to siphon additional revenues.
Cox's business-services unit has already won a 10-year contract to provide
telecommunications services to Arizona, and it already offers broadband-based
services in areas of Georgia; Omaha, Neb.; San Diego and Orange County, Calif.;
Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Hampton Roads, Va.; the eastern half of Connecticut;
and most of Rhode Island.
Time Warner Cable's Time Warner Communications unit, meanwhile, has launched
commercial services such as virtual private networks and security firewalls to
its business customers in Tampa, Fla.