Expansion increases access to state-of-the-art telecommunications services, helps accelerate growth of area businesses and attract new ones
May 4, 2022 – Comcast Business today announced the addition of 6.5 miles of fiber and other advanced network infrastructure to reach nearly 90 businesses in three Kankakee County retail and commercial corridors, including:
- Bradley Commons in Bourbonnais along Illinois Route 50;
- Water Tower Plaza in Bourbonnais at Interstate 57 and Illinois Route 50; and
- The cluster of commercial and warehouse facilities located at Stanford Drive and Grinnell Road in Kankakee.
With the projects complete, Comcast Business can provide customers in these locations and along the expansion routes access to Internet speeds of up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps), along with a wide range of advanced commercial telecommunications services, including Ethernet, Internet, Advanced Voice and cloud services. In addition, with the network in place, Comcast Business can get new customers online quickly.
“State-of-the-art connectivity and technologies will help businesses in these three key areas compete and grow,” said Kankakee County Chairman Andy Wheeler. “Technology infrastructure investments like the ones Comcast is making are crucial to Kankakee County’s economic future.”
“Comcast already has more than 68,000 miles of fiber-rich network infrastructure in the region – more than 700 in Kankakee County alone. We continually expand our reach through strategic proactive investments designed to help spur economic growth in retail and other commercial corridors,” said Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. “We’re more than a business partner. We’re an economic development partner to Kankakee County.”
Additional advanced Comcast Business services available in Kankakee County include:
- Comcast Business Mobile, inclusive of 5G, flexible data options and plans for Comcast Business Internet customers;
- Connection Pro, an automatic 4G LTE backup connection to keep businesses running;
- SecurityEdge, a cloud-based cybersecurity solution for businesses protecting all connected devices; and
- WiFi Pro, a mobile-friendly tool that allows businesses to manage customer- and internal-facing networks.
Comcast has spent nearly $30 billion in the last decade building an expansive fiber-dense network across the company’s service footprint. Comcast has invested $1.4 billion in technology and infrastructure in Illinois alone in the last three years. These investments have allowed Comcast to offer an array of state-of-the-art telecommunications services, including an Internet service with download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps to all homes and businesses its network passes locally in its Kankakee County service footprint and nationally. The company also offers Gigabit Pro, a 3 Gbps fiber-based residential broadband service, in many locations.
In addition, the extent of Comcast’s network has made it possible for the company to offer the largest WiFi network locally and in the nation. Xfinity WiFi includes more than 20 million WiFi hotspots in locations across the country – more than 18,000 in Kankakee County alone.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.
For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.
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