Submitted by Comcast
Comcast in Washington is helping Whatcom County residents connect to the Internet while they continue to recover from November’s storms. Today, the company announced it is providing free access to its 2,936 public Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Whatcom County to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through December 31, 2021.
Comcast’s public WiFi network is the largest of its kind in the nation, and three times larger than that of any other provider. The company has more than 71,000 public Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Washington state and 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide. The WiFi network is available in outdoor and business locations, all of which can be found online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.
Comcast has a history of making its public hotspots available for free in individual markets to help communities stay connected after local emergencies like severe weather conditions throughout Washington in recent years. Normally, the XFINITY WiFi hotspots are available on an unlimited basis to Xfinity customers and for two hours every month to non-customers.
The company has invested more than $12 billion to expand and evolve its network since 2017. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, network teams have worked around the clock to triple network augmentations, install new hardware, and upgrade network software – to expand capacity and ensure that it could meet the rapidly growing needs of its customers. Comcast performs nearly 700,000 diagnostic speed tests daily which show that, on average, it is meeting, and most times exceeding advertised speeds across all of its service areas.