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Telecom company investing $2.8M in fiber project

December 2, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Comcast’s infrastructure investment includes putting fiber into the ground and then connecting to buildings, regardless of whether current customers are located in those structures. Courtesy Comcast

A telecommunications company is investing $2.8 million in a fiber expansion in part of Grand Rapids.

Comcast Business said yesterday it will add 33 miles of fiber network in a six-square-mile radius of Gerald R. Ford International Airport to help service 496 buildings.

The fiber network delivers up to 100 gigabits per second and provides Ethernet, internet and voice solutions.

“Rather than earning the business and then building out to our customers, we are proactively investing in our advanced network in areas where having our service will provide a great advantage to companies of all sizes and industries,” Comcast Business VP Michelle Pluskota said. “By putting fiber in the ground, we’ll be ready to meet growing demands for speed and bandwidth.”

State Sen. Peter MacGregor said Comcast’s "commitment to expand its fiber network across Kent County makes Grand Rapids even more appealing to new businesses.”

“Grand Rapids is a hotbed for economic growth and development,” he said.

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