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Comcast completes $46 million in projects to boost fiber networks

Improvements include SR 16, Sandride Road and US 17 areas

For Clay Today
Posted 3/14/24

CLAY COUNTY – Comcast announced the completion of a three-year, $46 million group of projects designed to enhance and expand its fiber-rich network and advanced telecommunications services to areas …

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Comcast completes $46 million in projects to boost fiber networks

Improvements include SR 16, Sandride Road and US 17 areas


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CLAY COUNTY – Comcast announced the completion of a three-year, $46 million group of projects designed to enhance and expand its fiber-rich network and advanced telecommunications services to areas across Florida’s First Coast last Monday. These significant investments have brought commercial and residential customers some of the most advanced connectivity options in Northeast Florida – connecting hundreds of thousands of businesses and homes to reliable high-speed internet, including Clay County.

“Access to high-speed internet is a necessity in today’s digital world.  Whether we are talking about business, school, finance, healthcare or entertainment, high-speed internet has become essential,” said Clay County Commission Chairman Jim Renninger. “Comcast’s continuing investments in advanced connectivity will help position the First Coast area as a great place to promote economic development and to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Clay County.”

Through its network investments, Comcast has brought its advanced services proactively to areas across Florida’s First Coast, including along the First Coast Expressway, supporting residential projects near State Road 16, Sandridge Road and south of Green Cove Springs along U.S. Highway 17.

These network investments, which reach everything from businesses and residential developments to houses of worship, give Florida’s First Coast access to the full suite of Comcast Business and Xfinity services, including internet speeds up to 100 Gbps for commercial customers and speeds faster than one gigabit for residential customers, including the option to connect to a fiber-based Internet service that can deliver symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 10 Gbps.
The $46M investment reflects Comcast’s ongoing commitment and deep presence in Northeast Florida.

“Jacksonville is a dynamic, growing market,” said Comcast’s Florida Region Senior Vice President, Jeff Buzzelli. “With more than 500 employees, more than 13,000 of network infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of customers, Comcast is part of the fabric of Jacksonville and the surrounding area. We’ll continue to invest in Jacksonville, not just because it’s a smart business decision, but because a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Since 2010, Comcast has made more than $5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to Jacksonville area non-profits such as Seniors on a Mission to support activities designed to help shrink the digital divide. The non-profit organization hosts free “Technology PopUps” for senior adults. The digital skills sessions teach community members how to use their tech devices better in 45-minute, one-on-one training.

“Comcast’s ongoing support means everything to us. Together, we’re helping our seniors improve their quality of life,” said Seniors on a Mission founder Joanne Hickox. “Whether it is video calling grandkids, learning to text, or helping them to understand their hospital portals, these digital skills can keep them connected to what matters most. We’re so happy Comcast is giving back to the community right here in Jacksonville by investing in our organization. We look forward to our continued partnership.”
“We’re committed to being a good neighbor in the communities we’re honored to serve,” said Buzzelli. “That means investing in local organizations doing the much-needed, hands-on work to shrink the digital divide. We know succeeding in today’s world isn’t just about being connected to affordable, high-speed internet. People need digital skills and tech devices to unlock a future of unlimited possibilities. We’ll continue investing in trusted partners across Florida’s First Coast to expand digital opportunities. As Jacksonville continues attracting businesses and residents, we want to meet the needs of that explosive growth. Jacksonville has always and will continue to be important to Comcast.”
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida serves patients across five counties with more than 200 points of care and 250,000-plus virtual visits a year. Baptist Health’s dedicated caregivers count on reliable network connectivity to communicate in real-time with patients, access their medical records and coordinate care with their care team.
“Access to high-speed internet is a necessity in today’s digital world, especially in healthcare, where reliability is essential, said Jim Bilsky, Vice President of Enterprise IT Operations at Baptist Health. “Continued investments in advanced connectivity and services help enable Baptist Heath to provide care to the communities we serve.”