By Greg Ellison
(July 2, 2020) With two of eight sectors now completed, Comcast is continuing its infrastructure work to provide digital services to Ocean Pines.
Comcast officials announced sectors one and two were completed last month, with properties in those areas now able to sign up for service.
Looking to expand Internet and cable options beyond Mediacom, the OPA in September reached terms to grant Comcast right of way access to perform a multi-year infrastructure build-out project.
Comcast Senior Manager Public Relations Sandy Arnette said the project has progressed as planned to this point.
“Construction to expand our broadband network is complete in sectors 1 and 2 and residents now can order our award-winning Xfinity X1 video, and Xfinity Home, Internet, Mobile and Voice services,” she said. “Currently, we are working in sector 3 and expect to have the project completed in Q1 2021.”
In early December, Comcast Director of Technical Operation Tom Yates presented details on the multi-year infrastructure build-out that was launched just before Thanksgiving.
Yates outlined plans to install fiber optic cable to feed specific nodes, or areas of homes, typically comprising 60 residences.
The hybrid fiber-coax network currently being installed in Ocean Pines consists of 130 nodes divided into eight sections.
Yates, who said sections can be activated individually, estimated the entire scope of work would be completed no sooner than early 2021.
Ocean Pines residents can stay abreast of project progress through an overlay map detailing sectional work available online at the OPA website.
For questions about the construction, please let Tony Fox at 270-350-6315 know, or contact Martin Weaver at 267-530-2438 or Marcus Rose at 240-841-4151.