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COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL AWARDS $83,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 74 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

Richmond, VA – May 11, 2018 – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $83,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 74 Virginia students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Since 2001, more than $28 million has been awarded to nearly 27,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program.

“All of our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners show a strong commitment to their communities and academic achievement,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they further their education.”

Comcast, joined by the Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and other elected officials and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, May 10. One student, Tai-Tonia Owens, a senior at Armstrong High School in Richmond was selected to receive an additional $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s Leaders and Achievers scholarships,” said Governor Ralph Northam. "And, thank you to Comcast for supporting our future leaders as they continue their education. I am honored to see so many community, academic and leadership achievements from students throughout Virginia.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
 
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2018 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Our Region

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Emporia

Destiny Mangrum of Greensville County High School

Sussex County

Rebekah Shabazz of Sussex Central High School

COMCAST INCREASES INTERNET SPEEDS FOR MOST CUSTOMERS FROM MAINE THROUGH VIRGINIA

Company’s Northeast Division Increases Speeds of Most Popular Tiers By at Least 25% at No Additional Cost

80% of Internet Customers to Have Speeds of 150 Mbps or More

MANCHESTER, NH – March 6, 2018 -- Comcast today announced it is increasing the speeds of some of its most popular Xfinity Internet service tiers – including Blast and Performance Pro – for new and existing customers in the Northeast Division, which includes 14 northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. The increases are at no additional cost and underscore the company's leadership in delivering some of the fastest broadband Internet speeds, including Gigabit-speed services for both residential and business customers.

Speed increases will vary based on a customers’ current speed subscription, but the vast majority will see an increase of 50 Mbps. The changes include:

  • Blast tier download speeds increasing from 200 Mbps to 250 Mbps

  • Performance Protier download speeds increasing from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps

  • Performancetier download speeds increasing from 25 Mbps to 60 Mbps

  • Performance Startertier download speeds increasing from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps

“With new devices coming online for consumers every day, we’re committed to offering the fastest speeds and the best features and overall experience so our customers can take advantage of the technology available,” said Kevin Casey, President of Comcast’s Northeast Division. “We’ve increased speeds 17 times in the last 17 years, and continue to invest to deliver a fast, innovative and reliable experience in and out of the home.”

New and existing customers can expect to see enhanced speeds this month. Most customers will automatically be upgraded to the new speeds, and will simply need to re-start their modems. Comcast will notify customers who may need to upgrade their modems to receive the new speeds. Those who lease modems from Comcast and require an upgrade can do so for no additional charge by requesting a self-install kit or visiting an Xfinity Store or service center. Those owning modems requiring an upgrade can purchase a new one or lease an Xfinity modem, which includes Xfinity xFi, which is a digital dashboard that lets customers personalize, manage and control their home Wi-Fi experience.

For instance, customers can access xFi features via the mobile app, website, or TV with the X1 voice remote to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime. Comcast also recently introduced xFi Pods– small, wireless Wi-Fi extenders that help blanket virtually any home with Wi-Fi coverage even in hard-to-reach areas. These are available in Boston and will continue to roll out across the Northeast Division.

Today’s announcement follows a number of moves, like the introduction of xFi and xFi Pods, that the company has made to enhance its high-speed internet offerings. Comcast has invested billions of dollars in its network, locally and nationally, and delivers in most of the Northeast Division speeds ranging from up to 15 Mbps to up to 2 Gbps for residential customers and up to 10 Gbps for business customers. Comcast’s 1 Gigabit-per-secondspeeds, which began launching to local residential and business customers last summer, are among the fastest and most widely available in the area. The service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology to make it possible for Xfinity and Comcast Business internet customers to receive gigabit speeds over the communications lines that most customers already have in place. It is currently available across 80% of the division and set to reach almost all areas by the end of the year.

So that customers can take advantage of increased internet speeds at home, Comcast also introduced the fastest in-home WiFi gateway. And on the go, Comcast provides Xfinity Internet customers with complimentary access to more than 18 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide. Customers can select "xfinitywifi" from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and enter their Xfinity ID or email and password.  

In addition to these enhancements, Comcast also offers the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials. This program provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month, digital literacy training and discounted computers for low-income Americans.

Comcast Completes Upgrades in Emporia

X1 On Demand: Browse thousands of On Demand TV shows, movies and more across X1

Recently Comcast custoemrs in Emporia got letters in the mail with news that we would all need to replace our cable boxes and cable modems. This letter was the first notice that long needed upgrades were coming to Emporia (and Greensville County)

It has been a few months since those letters were received, and all of us with Comcast service got to change the boxes. In that time you may have noticed new channels and services. If you opted to sign up for the HD package, you have noticed that there are many more choices there.

Comcast has completed the network enhancements and now offers an all-digital platform in Emporia.  Local residents now have access to more than 70 new HD channels (including all local broadcasters – WTVR/CBS HD, WRIC/ABC HD, WWBT/NBC HD, WRLH/FOX HD, WUPV/CW HD and WCVE/PBS HD – NBC Sports HD, ESPN HD, NFL Network HD, Bravo HD and HBO HD, among others); the latest selection of On Demand movies, TV shows and more; faster Internet speeds (the speed of Comcast’s popular Blast! internet service increased from 150 to 200 Mbps, at no additional cost); and Comcast’s X1 platform.

 

Voice Remote: Speak and see – we’re constantly adding new commands to the voice remote, include “Restart this program (if you happen to jump in during the middle of show or movie) and “what song is playing?” (X1 will analyze and provide artist/song names for any tune from a TV show, movie or even commercial)

X1 uses IP technology and the cloud to integrate the world’s largest collection of video with social media features and an expanding selection of interactive tailed-for-TV apps (Netflix, YouTube, Pandora,  iHeartRadio, Twitter, Facebook, sports, weather, traffic and more), as well as web content, smart search and voice technology and personalization tools – all in one easy-to-navigate, modern viewing experience.

Outside the home, Xfinity Internet customers have complimentary access to nearly 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, including dozens of outdoor hotspots in the Emporia area along Main Street near shopping destinations and restaurants; at the Emporia Shopping Center; along Atlantic Street; and near the Greensville County High School.

“We are proud to continue investing in our network to bring our customers in Emporia more choice and more speed,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region.  “All of our services are designed to work together, making it easier than ever for our customers to stay connected to the things they love. Combined with our recent launches of Xfinity Mobile and Xfinity xFi, and our partnerships with Netflix, Pandora and You Tube on our X1 platform, we’re continuing to add significant value for customers across our product portfolio.”

YouTube on X1: Access to apps like YouTube, Netflix, iHeartRadio and Pandora right on X1.

Editor's Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been a Comcast Customer since the company started operating in Emporia; before that, I was an Adelphia customer. I use my Comcast high speed internet to connect to the server where Emporia News is hosted. I also utilize the wi-fi hotspots, and can stay coneted to wi-fi on my phone along most of Main Street.

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