Expansion will make Comcast’s high-speed Internet services available locally for the first time
March 22, 2022 — Comcast today announced the multi-million-dollar expansion of its network to Folkston, which brings the company’s full line-up of high-speed Xfinity Internet services to local customers for the first time. This project is a part of Comcast’s work to bridge the digital divide by bringing broadband Internet service to new and underserved areas.
Comcast Xfinity Internet services will now be available in Folkston with speeds ranging from 50 Mbps all the way up to 3 Gbps for residential customers and speeds up to 1 Gbps for businesses. Local customers will have access to Xfinity’s unique features that give them complete control over their in-home WiFi networks, including:
- WiFi Controls – Xfinity xFi’s digital dashboard gives customers total control over their in-home wireless networks with the ability to monitor what devices are connected, set parental controls, pause WiFi access and more.
- Advanced Cybersecurity Protection – Customers can use xFi Advanced Security to protect devices connected to their gateway from malware and other threats.
- xFi Pods – xFi Pods are WiFi extenders that can ensure WiFi coverage is available all across the home, eliminating dead zones.
- Streaming – Xfinity Internet customers can use Xfinity Flex, a 4K streaming device, to stream movies, videos and more from the Xfinity Stream app, Peacock Premium and other popular streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, will be offered locally as well. Internet Essentials provides in-home internet access for $9.95 for qualified households, plus multiple options to access online digital literacy and skills training. Qualified households may be eligible to have the cost of their monthly home Internet service paid for through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Affordability Connectivity Program (ACP). For more information on Internet Essentials and the ACP, visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).
“Making sure that all Georgians have access to high-speed Internet service, especially those in rural areas like Folkston, continues to be a priority for myself and leaders across the state,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “We are the most successful when we leverage the resources of both the public and private sector and work together to face these issues. A significant investment and commitment from an industry leader like Comcast to expand its network and bring broadband to new and underserved areas is paramount to ultimately eliminating the digital divide in the Peach State.”
“Comcast’s network expansion is wonderful news for the City of Folkston,” said City Manager Pender Lloyd. “The availability of additional choices for high-speed internet service will have a positive impact on the city’s potential for future economic growth, not to mention that Comcast’s other services like cable television and mobile phone service will give our community additional options for entertainment and to stay connected with family and friends.”
“As magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shift to online learning and work, Internet access is a necessity in today’s increasingly digital world. You need to get online to search for employment and apply for jobs, to read critical news and information or even access telehealth applications,” said Javier Garcia, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Comcast in Florida. “Comcast is committed to helping bridge the digital divide and connecting more communities to the Internet and its vast resources.”
In Florida, Comcast expanded to Crescent City earlier this month and to Lake Butler, Monticello and Waldo in February.
In addition, the network expansion is bringing Comcast’s line-up of other services, including mobile phone and cable television, to the area. Xfinity’s newest service, Xfinity Mobile, will be available in Folkston for customers who subscribe to Xfinity Internet service. When Xfinity Mobile customers use their phones at home or in range of a Xfinity WiFi hotspot, they don’t have to use cellular data. When WiFi is not available, they’ll be automatically connected to the fastest, most reliable network with 5G included at no extra cost. They have a variety of options to purchase data, starting with one gig per month all the way up to unlimited data.
Local customers will also have the option to subscribe to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 service. X1 allows users to curate their own unique entertainment experiences. They can enjoy live television, DVR and On Demand content and streaming apps all in one place and quickly find what they want to watch using the X1 Voice Remote.
For more information on Comcast’s products and services, visit www.xfinity.com or call 1-800-XFINITY (1-800-934-6489).