Comcast Business Expands Network in Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

Expansion increases access to Ethernet, Internet, Voice and Cloud Services, will help accelerate growth of existing area businesses and attract new ones…

Comcast announced today that it has brought its advanced network to Englewood Square, a 5.5 acre retail development anchored by Whole Foods in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.  This proactive technology infrastructure investment will give retailers in the development access to Internet speeds of up to 10 Gbps (100 Gbps on a case-by-case basis), along with a wide range of Comcast Business services, including Ethernet, Internet, Voice and value-added cloud services.  Fiber means increased bandwidth – and increased bandwidth allows businesses to better serve customers, access more and more applications and services in the cloud, accommodate rapidly increasing numbers of employees in the field using mobile devices and exchange large amounts of data.  Having the network so close also allows Comcast to install new customers more quickly and could reduce or even eliminate their start-up costs.

“Our hope is that Comcast’s fiber will help stimulate additional economic growth in Englewood,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region senior vice president. “Comcast has had an economic presence in Englewood for years.  We have thousands of customers in the neighborhood and make nearly 12,000 visits a year to their homes and businesses each month.  In the process, our employees purchase gas, meals and other goods and services.  In addition, we have more than 200 employees in two south side facilities that serve Englewood.”

“We’re thrilled that Whole Foods, Comcast and other companies have chosen to invest in

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Chicago 15th Ward Alderman Toni L. Foulkes

Englewood and encourage others to follow suit,” said Chicago 15th Ward Alderman Toni L. Foulkes.  “Our hope is that the presence of these companies will attract additional employers and serve as a catalyst for additional investment in the neighborhood.”

Comcast has been proactively adding advanced network infrastructure to reach city and suburban business and industrial corridors and employment hubs in the Chicago area, including Chicago’s Back of the Yards and Bridgeport neighborhoods; the Peterson Pulaski Business and Industrial Park; near O’Hare and Midway airports; Interstate 88 in Chicago’s west suburbs and Interstate 90 in Chicago’s northwest suburbs; Morris, IL; and Elgin and South Elgin, IL, among others.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management. For more information, call (866) 429-3085. Follow Comcast Business on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

With nearly 7,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region (www.comcastgcr.com) serves customers in central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.  “Like” Comcast by visiting @Comcast.  “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastILLINOIS.