Comcast announced today that it now offers the fastest internet speeds over Wi-Fi across Connecticut, as it begins to introduce Gigabit service to customers in its Clinton, Groton and Lakeville service areas. This includes the towns of Canaan, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, Essex, Groton, Haddam, Killingworth, Ledyard, Norfolk, North Canaan, North Stonington, Old Saybrook, Salisbury, Sharon, Stonington, Voluntown and Westbrook. Customers in these areas will be able to take advantage of advanced Wi-Fi technology that is capable of delivering Wi-Fi speeds faster than a Gig to support the ever-increasing number of connected devices in their homes.
“We are hyper-focused on advancing our Internet product with new innovation,” said Dennis Mathew, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “Customers in our Clinton, Groton and Lakeville areas can enjoy faster speeds, state-of-the art gateways with Wi-Fi 6 technology, wall-to-wall Wi-Fi coverage, personalized tools and controls, and advanced cybersecurity protection.”
“I’m pleased to learn that Comcast’s broadband speed increase investments will have huge benefits for not only the people and businesses in my area and the greater Eastern Connecticut region this week, but the residents and businesses in the remote Northwest corner of our state as well,” said Senate Energy and Technology Committee Chair Norm Needleman (D-Essex). “This investment in our infrastructure will bolster internet speeds and quality for tens of thousands of people across the state, helping them learn, work, and live with better resources.”
“As many of us continue to work and school from home, connecting to our families, friends, medical appointments and community resources online is ever so important. Broadband has become a valuable resource and I appreciate and applaud Comcast for investing in its network to deliver Gigabit speeds across Eastern Connecticut,” said State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton).
“This broadband speed increase announcement is a welcome step in the right direction. Our internet networks are the roads of the 21st-century. They deliver education, telehealth, and economic development throughout this region and it’s imperative that our residents have access to the same speeds available in other parts of our state,” said State Representative Maria Horn (D-Salisbury).
Comcast’s Xfinity Gigabit Internet service is delivered using Comcast’s existing network architecture and the connections that are already in most customers’ homes. Since 2017 alone, Comcast has devoted more than $15 billion to strengthening and expanding its network – including building more than 33,000 new route miles of fiber. Every 2.5 years the company adds as much capacity to the network as we added in all the previous years combined.
Comcast is also one of the first U.S. Internet Service Providers to offer a Wi-Fi 6 Certified gateway with the latest version of its xFi Advanced Gateway, which is capable of delivering multi-Gigabit speeds via ethernet and laid the groundwork for Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi.
According to The Xfinity Cyber Health Report, some users have dozens of devices in their home. Increased internet speeds support faster connections and more capacity to support the growing number of smart home devices that are being added to home Wi-Fi networks today and in the future.
Comcast’s residential broadband service is powered by xFi – a simple, digital dashboard for Xfinity customers to control their home Wi-Fi network. In addition to parental control features like pausing Wi-Fi and screen time scheduling, xFi provides content filters that ensure younger children can only access age-appropriate content. xFi now also comes with xFi Advanced Security, that protects all the devices connected to a customers’ home network from malware and other security threats. xFi can be accessed via the Xfinity mobile app (iOS and Android), or on the TV, on X1 and Flex, with the Xfinity Voice Remote. The feature is available at no extra cost to about 20 million Xfinity Internet customers who lease a compatible xFi gateway.