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Nathan Steadman, a Comcast network engineer, was photographed at work in Layton on January 15, 2021.

Photo provided, Kim Raff/Xfinity

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Nathan Steadman, a Comcast network engineer, was photographed at work in Layton on January 15, 2021.

Photo provided, Kim Raff/Xfinity

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SALT LAKE CITY — Comcast Corp., the telecommunications giant that operates high-speed Internet provider Xfinity, has strengthened its network in northern Utah with a $4 million expansion that will add access to nearly 2,000 more homes in South Ogden, Kaysville , Bountiful and Farmington.

The company announced the expansion Monday, and it comes as executives and residents in a growing number of cities in Weber and Davis counties are evaluating how to improve the Internet options in their locations. Firms such as UTOPIA Fiber and Ogden-based Connext have also pushed to expand high-speed Internet offerings in the region.

“We’re expanding our service area to make it available to new homes, additional homes and customers who didn’t previously have access,” said Chris Dunkeson, area vice president for Comcast in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday.

He said the expansion, which was completed about a month ago, will bring the Comcast network into areas where homes have only recently been built. Company officials worked with leaders in affected cities to determine where coverage was lacking.

Comcast representatives “continuously invest and make sure we expand into these new neighborhoods and newer cities and locations that are popping up where we may not have had existing service before,” said Deneiva Knight, Comcast’s director of external affairs. Knight, based in Salt Lake City, and Dunkeson, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, spoke to the standards examiner by phone Monday.

Broadband access is an increasingly important talking point in Northern Utah and beyond as more educational and work functions are performed at home, requiring expanded high-speed connectivity at home. It’s been a talking point in many places, and West Haven officials last month approved a deal with the Utah Infrastructure Agency, a sister agency of UTOPIA, to build a $17.6 million fiber optic network in the city to serve the improve accessibility.

Syracuse officials last December broke ground on a $23.5 million UTOPIA broadband network in this Davis County city, among many other locations that have chosen systems built by the Murray-based community-owned facility became. Last February, Connext announced the completion of the first phase of a new fiber optic network the private company is building in Clinton, one of many locations where it is expanding.

Davis County Commissioner Lorene Kamalu, who has responded to calls for better Internet access in Utah and beyond, praised Comcast’s plans and the increased interest carriers have in expanding their infrastructure.

“Personally, I think it’s great to have competition,” she said, noting that Davis County still has areas with limited or patchy internet access. A “robust broadband infrastructure,” she said, helps attract new business, while Dunkeson stressed the importance of competition to bring “additional innovation in Internet services” to Utah.

Comcast has invested more than $900 million in strengthening its network in Utah over the past 12 years, Dunkeson said, noting that company officials welcome suggestions for expansion opportunities. “I think one of the best ways is for people to reach out to either us or the community they live in. We’re excited to partner with communities and see where the opportunities lie and where we can add value,” he said.

Knight also pointed to Comcast’s Internet Essentials initiative, which gives customers “facing financial challenges” access to a lower-cost Internet option for $9.95 a month. Around 188,000 Utahns use the program.

Representatives from the Utah Broadband Center, part of the governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, launched a campaign last March for Utah residents to report internet speeds in their homes and places of work. The goal is to identify areas with little or no access to high-speed internet.

“Broadband is more than just access to the Internet; it has the bandwidth to work, learn or access health care practically from business or from home,” the governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity said in announcing its initiative.



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