High-speed internet access and a full suite of Xfinity services now available to nearly 1,000 underserved residents and businesses in Colbert County
1,500 more homes and businesses to be connected as part of second phase
COLBERT, AL (Feb. 7, 2023) – In partnership with the State of Alabama and Colbert County, Comcast today announced it has completed the first phase of its broadband network expansion in Colbert County. Nearly 1,000 residents, businesses, and local government buildings in the vicinity of Leighton, Nitrate City, Foster Mill and Sprout Springs now have access to Comcast’s full suite of Xfinity services, including gigabit-speed internet and Comcast Business services.
The expansion was made possible by a $453,000 contribution by the State of Alabama and from private funding of more than $643,000 by Comcast.
“Our government and the State of Alabama are delivering on a commitment to provide access to fast, reliable internet service to the people of Colbert County,” said Colbert County Commission Chairman Tommy Barnes. “We are seeing strong progress in the expansion of broadband infrastructure across rural Alabama, and I am looking forward to even greater connectivity in the near future. The Colbert County Commission truly understands the importance of connecting everyone throughout our county.”
“We are excited to connect the underserved residents and businesses of Colbert County to the power of Comcast’s advanced broadband services,” said Jason Gumbs, Comcast Region SVP. “We look forward to expanding to more areas of Colbert County in 2023.”
Phase 2 Expansion
Comcast was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund to further expand its network in Colbert County as part of the second phase of the buildout. Through this investment and Comcast funding of $3.4 million, Comcast will deliver high-speed internet and its full suite of Xfinity services to more than1,500 additional residents and businesses in Colbert County over the next year. The county-wide buildout will include the communities of Ford City, additional parts of Leighton and Hatton, portions of Littleville and unincorporated areas of Colbert County. Construction for this project has already begun.
In addition to Comcast’s traditional services, residential customers in the expanded area of Colbert County will have access to the following Xfinity services:
- Gigabit speed internet;
- Xfinity xFi, allowing high-speed internet customers to personalize and control their in-home Wi-Fi experience;
- Xfinity Flex, a simplified streaming solution for Xfinity Internet customers who do not want traditional TV video service;
- The X1 entertainment platform and voice remote; and
- Xfinity Home, a total home security and automation solution
Businesses in the expanded area of Colbert County 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.
To learn more, residents and businesses can visit https://www.xfinity.com/mytown/.
Over the last two years, Comcast has successfully expanded its network to such places in Alabama as Dauphin Island, Colbert County, Madison County, and Mobile County, connecting thousands of residents to the internet.