Comcast Dials Up Boston, Hartford

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Boston and Hartford, Conn., will be the next two Comcast Corp. markets to get “Comcast Digital Voice.”

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts made the announcement during a speech before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

The MSO said Comcast Digital Voice runs via its privately managed advanced broadband network using Internet-protocol technology, not the public Internet, differentiating it from other voice-over-IP services.

Comcast has said it plans to reach 20 markets and 15 million homes with Comcast Digital Voice in 2005 and all Comcast markets -- approximately 40 million homes -- by year-end 2006.

“Comcast is delivering on its promise to provide customers with a reliable, efficient and innovative voice service that redefines how consumers will use communications to enrich their lives," Roberts said in a prepared statement.