State Sen. Frank Ruff and Delegate James Edmunds announced last week that Comcast will begin a network expansion project this year to extend broadband service to more than 775 addresses in Brookneal.

In addition to Gigabit internet service, residential customers in the county will have access to all Xfinity services. Businesses in these areas will be able to select from the full suite of Comcast Business products and services, including Ethernet network speeds up to 100 Gigabits-per-second. Comcast expects the first of these new services to be available by the end of the year.

“It is great to hear that Comcast is expanding broadband in the Brookneal area,” said Ruff, R-Clarksville. “One of the greatest concerns many parents have is the ability to have high speed service in many rural parts of the state. It is good to have private companies like Comcast better serve our communities.”

Comcast has invested billions of dollars in its Virginia network to meet consumer demand. Comcast also will offer Internet Essentials, providing low-cost broadband service, digital literacy training and discounted computers.

“I am so pleased to know that Comcast has seen the need for Brookneal and rural Virginia to have access to high speed internet,” said Edmunds of Halifax. “This will be very timely as online requirements for school children becomes more and more necessary. Hopefully other communications companies across Southside Virginia will also recognize the need to help Virginians living in rural areas to have access to high speed internet. We cannot compete or grow economically without it. It has become almost as necessary as electricity and it must remain a top priority for every household in rural Virginia to have access to. Thank you to Comcast for filling this gap.”

“We are proud to invest further in Virginia to bring our services to unserved areas of Brookneal and connect more residents and businesses in need of broadband,” said Mary McLaughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “Technology is a powerful driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth, and we’re committed to helping individuals and communities fully participate in the digital economy and use media and technology for positive impact.”

“Any day 775 families get access to high-speed broadband connections is a great day. Governor Northam’s goal of universal coverage couldn’t be achieved without partners like Comcast, and we look forward to continuing to work with the entire telecommunications industry to make sure all Virginians have access to this critical service,” said Evan Feinman, executive director, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

Similar Comcast expansions are expected in portions of Virginia in the coming months, passing thousands of additional rural addresses. These are the latest in a series of investments Comcast has made over the last few years to extend broadband internet to more than 10,000 addresses in unserved areas of the commonwealth.