1,575 Underserved Homes and Businesses will have Access to Comcast’s Full Suite of Services Starting in Mid-2021
Little Rock, Ark. (August 26, 2020) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, City of Earle Mayor Sherman Smith and Comcast today announced a partnership to expand broadband services to the City of Earle, Ark., as part of the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) program. The $1.8 million grant from the State of Arkansas will support the city’s ongoing efforts to bring high-speed internet and the full suite of Xfinity services to about 1,575 underserved homes and businesses in the region starting in mid-2021.
Through the Arkansas Rural Connect program, which was created to increase broadband access to Arkansas’ rural areas and underserved citizens, Comcast will upgrade its existing network in Earle.
“Getting families connected to the internet is more crucial today than ever before,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Comcast’s network supports the next generation of advanced technology, which will help us bridge the digital divide in Earle.”
The City of Earle applied for the ARC grant to support distance learning and telehealth, and to connect citizens to more opportunities in the workforce.
“We are grateful to Governor Hutchinson and Comcast for supporting our efforts to improve access for the citizens and businesses of Earle,” said City of Earle Mayor Sherman Smith.
In addition to Comcast’s traditional services, residential customers in Earle will also have access to the following Xfinity services:
- Six Xfinity Internet service options including gigabit-speed internet, offering a variety of speed tiers for today’s smart homes;
- Xfinity xFi, allowing high-speed Internet customers to personalize and control their in-home Wi-Fi experience;
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots, giving customers access to more than 19 million hotspots across the country to connect while on the go;
- Xfinity Flex, a simplified streaming solution for Xfinity Internet customers who don’t want traditional TV video service;
- The X1 entertainment platform and voice remote;
- Xfinity Stream, offering thousands of Xfinity On Demand movies and shows, and access to the DVR library; and
- Xfinity Home, a total home security and automation solution
Businesses in Earle will also have access to a full suite of Comcast Business internet, voice, and video services.
This expansion will also provide families with access to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most successful broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. Internet Essentials provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month, digital literacy training and discounted computers.
Nationally, over the past five years and across Comcast’s service area, the company has quadrupled its overall network capacity and doubled its fiber miles, deployed gigabit speeds to more homes than any other Internet Service Provider, upgraded all of its speed tiers, and rolled out an entirely new class of gateways – the xFi Gateway and the xFi Advanced Gateway – that are designed for higher speeds and blanket most homes with Wi-Fi coverage.