Comcast will begin construction on a 75-mile fiber network in Spring Hill. Comcast and the City of Spring Hill hope to begin in late 2022.
Comcast will provide secure broadband to more than 3,400 homes and businesses, and will invest $9 million in a 2-year project in Johnson and Miami counties. The project is entirely funded by Comcast, and will not rely on any tax dollars or financial investment from the City of Spring Hill. The expansion will bring residential broadband speeds faster than 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and business speeds up to 100 Gbps.
For the last three years, Comcast has expanded its network into areas surrounding Spring Hill. In that time, Comcast has invested more than $12.6 million in technology and infrastructure in Kansas, including upgrades to our network; this Spring Hill expansion brings the company's statewide investment to more than $21 million.
"This is an exciting time for the City of Spring Hill. Broadband has been an issue for many years, and this is a city-wide solution that will benefit everyone in the community," said Spring Hill Mayor, Joe Berkey. "A real broadband solution was one of the highest priorities on my list when I took office, and I tackled it head-on. Comcast investing in our community will have an immediate impact in fulfilling a need for our residents and will also provide long-term development benefits. We will do our best to keep open lines of communication throughout the construction process. This is a good day for Spring Hill and a great step forward toward our future."
"Ensuring all Spring Hill residents have access to reliable, high-speed internet is a top priority for Comcast," said Kalyn Hove, Regional Senior Vice President for Comcast. "As the world we live in becomes increasingly digital, we remain focused on not only bringing our broadband network to more Spring Hill homes and businesses, but also on future-proofing our network to meet the ever-increasing appetite for education, business, entertainment and more."
Residential customers will be able to take advantage of Xfinity's full suite of internet products, including the company's Internet Essentials program that provides low-cost, high-speed broadband for income-constrained households. Since its inception in 2011, the program has connected more than 5,200 students, parents, veterans and seniors in Kansas. Comcast also participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides qualifying households a $30 monthly credit toward internet and mobile services.
For local businesses, Comcast Business will offer a suite of connectivity, communications, networking, cybersecurity, wireless, and managed solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what's next. Powered by the nation's largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation's largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.
Read the press release from Comcast.