Comcast Business leverages fiber to boost broadband in Wash., Calif.

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) Business is leveraging the expanded capabilities of its Ethernet fiber networks to deliver up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) broadband throughput to underserved commercial areas in Kent, Wash., and 400 Mbps to a boutique hotel in Marin County, Calif.

In separate news releases, Comcast's commercial arm extolled the value of its fiber networks in helping businesses expand their broadband voice and data capabilities.

In Kent, Washington's sixth largest city, the service provider is targeting "underserved commercial areas with high capacity bandwidth for their Internet and data needs," said Andrea Keikkala, CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

These speeds, she continued, "are vital for our local businesses to expand and relocate, which creates more jobs and economic opportunities."

In Novato, Calif., Inn Marin, a boutique hotel "with green lodging accommodations and sustainability practices," will use fast Internet to serve travelers and business clients as well as attract local conferences and events. The move is especially noticeable at the hotel, which previously offered only DSL.

"We now have an enormous improvement to our business," inn owner Robert Marshall said in a Comcast press release. "Finding a provider willing to work with us on construction costs and actionable solutions was incredibly difficult. Comcast Business partnered with us through a challenging installation."

Ted Girdner, vice president at Comcast Business' California region, predicted that the its business Ethernet service "could help transform Inn Marin from a small hotel to a premier travel destination venue for travelers and businesses alike."

For more:
- Comcast Business has this press release
- and this press release

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Updated Aug. 14 with location of Inn Marin.