$70M Going for Upgrade In Dallas Comcast Says


Comcast Corp. is forging ahead with the task of upgrading former AT&T Broadband markets, this time starting construction on a digital fiber-optic network here.

Comcast will spend $70 million on the network and its surrounding Texas cable system during the next year. That will bring digital-cable channels and high-speed Internet service to more areas.

The MSO plans to schedule most of the construction during the low television-viewing hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, to minimize TV-service interruptions.

"This network upgrade is a major business and economic commitment to the Dallas community, and we're excited that this important project is under way," Ann Montgomery, regional senior vice president for Comcast's Southern region, said in a release. "Upgrading our cable network will enable us to add new channels, offer 'Comcast High-Speed Internet' service and ensure that Dallas residents will be able to enjoy advanced cable services in the future.