Comcast Begins Connecticut Upgrades


Comcast Corp. has started the rebuild to bring high-speed cable-modem service
to 82,405 customers in Middlesex County and southeastern Connecticut.

The multimillion-dollar rebuild includes upgrades to 2,196 miles of fiber
optic cable in Groton, Middletown and Clinton, which are expected to be complete
this summer.

'This upgrade is a major step forward for both online and cable-television
service in Connecticut,' said Tom Coughlin, area vice president and general

'In addition to providing customers with faster and better Internet service,
the increased bandwidth will allow us to offer cutting-edge services such as
HDTV [high-definition television] and video-on-demand as well as future
technology, helping to connect our customers to what's important in their
lives,' he added.

Cable-modem service will be available to all of Comcast's 193,979 Connecticut
customers from Danbury to Groton.

The service offers up to seven electronic-mail accounts, as well as 25
megabytes of Web-based storage for large files such as MP3s and