Comcast Begins Dallas Network Rebuild


Comcast Corp. is forging ahead with its task to upgrade former AT&T
Broadband markets, this time starting construction on a digital fiber-optic
network in Dallas.

Comcast will spend $70 million on the network and its surrounding Texas cable
system during the next year. That will expand the availability of digital-cable
channels and high-speed Internet service.

Comcast 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,"
said Ann Montgomery, regional senior vice president for Comcast's Southern
region, 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," she