Comcast expands high-speed network in Chambersburg
Last year Comcast Business built what it billed as the fastest private Internet connection on the East Coast when it linked Penn State University's data center with its Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Derry Township.
As the need for faster connections to support business continues to increase, Comcast is taking a proactive approach to extend its fiber-based network in other parts of Central Pennsylvania.
The company today announced a $450,000 project to add about 3.3 miles of fiber in Chambersburg's eastern corridor. The expanded Ethernet network is capable of delivering up to a 100 gigabit per second connection. The Derry Township fiber project was the first known 100 Gbps network on the East Coast.
Comcast officials said the Chambersburg expansion will support advanced services and help it serve new business customers in that area.
The new fiber runs from the intersection of Walker Road and Norland Avenue and then southwest along Walker Road to Phoenix Drive and northwest along Norland Avenue to Fifth Avenue. There also are extensions along all of Gateway Avenue and portions of Parkwood Drive and Fifth Avenue.
Earlier this year, Comcast announced a $20 million investment in a major expansion of its fiber-based network in downtown Pittsburgh.
While there are no current plans to announce extensions of the fiber network in other parts of the midstate, Comcast officials expect future infrastructure investments to support local development and the proliferation of wireless devices. Comcast has fiber in every county in the midstate.
The global telecommunications conglomerate has been increasing residential internet speeds and investing in wireless technology to meet current customer demands.