Pierce County and Comcast have finalized an agreement that will expand the availability of high-speed internet services on the Key Peninsula. Comcast will construct the infrastructure and make available a fast and reliable fiber-rich network and full suite of services to over 526 Key Peninsula homes and businesses, including multi-gig broadband speeds for residential customers and speeds up to 100 Gbps for business customers.
Pierce County is working to facilitate the expansion of broadband infrastructure to underserved areas of Pierce County. This program partners County funding with broadband service providers to build infrastructure for the benefit and quality of life of residents and to enhance economic opportunities for local businesses.
The approximately $5 million high-speed internet expansion project is being funded as a public-private partnership between Comcast and Pierce County, with the County contributing $3.75 million of federal funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
“Now, more than ever, it is crucial that people have access to high-speed Internet,” said Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive. “Whether for work, school or entertainment, we want to help all County residents enjoy the benefits of this important infrastructure.”
“Today’s announcement about the expansion of high-speed internet services on the Key Peninsula is an extension of our commitment to investing in and expanding our network to ensure that more residents and businesses across our region have the important broadband connections they need for their educational, professional and personal lives,” said Roy Novosel, vice president of engineering, Comcast’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We are proud to connect these communities with fast, secure and reliable internet service that is built to meet their needs today and into the future.”
Once permits are obtained and construction has begun in the public rights of way, Comcast will create an online resource for residents seeking information about the network build in their neighborhood, including answers to frequently asked questions and product and service details.
For more information about Pierce County’s broadband expansion initiative please visit www.PierceCountyWa.gov/BoostingBroadband
Information about Comcast’s broadband investments in rural communities and the Key Peninsula expansion is available at Rural Broadband Expansion | Comcast Washington.
About Pierce County
Nearly 1 million residents live in Pierce County, the second largest county in the state of Washington. Our mission is to build strong communities that people are proud to call home. From the top of towering Mt. Rainier to the sparkling shores of Puget Sound, and everywhere in between, Pierce County is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.
Pierce County Media Contact: Erin Babbo, communications manager, 253-442-4452, Erin.firstname.lastname@example.org
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.