Wayzata Businesses and Residents Get a High-Speed Upgrade
Whether you take a video call from your home office HQ or plug in on the porch while the kiddos romp around outside, one thing will become crystal clear this summer: Being a WFHer in Wayzata comes with its own set of warp-speed benefits.
Comcast is currently finalizing the expansion of its broadband-powered solutions for more than 2,300 homes and businesses across the community. This deployment includes speeds faster than 1 gigabit per second and business speeds of up to 100 Gbps. For context, this means having the ability to download an HD movie—in full—in a matter of minutes, updating your smartphone’s software in seconds, and video conferencing in high-definition. Before the end of 2024, Comcast will also be expanding into Cologne and, later this year, Rogers and Corcoran, with funding support from the State of Minnesota’s Border to Border Broadband program.
The rollout is part of Comcast’s ongoing expansion in the Midwest, which has seen the company invest more than $20.2 million to bring broadband to homes in the region to date.
“Streaming live sports, 4K gaming, hybrid work, and virtual reality have gone mainstream in just a few years, and gig speeds, capacity, reliability, and low latency are key factors making our connectivity experience superior to the competition,” says Kalyn Hove, senior vice president, Comcast Midwest Region. “Our definition of reliability has to shift from merely being always-on, to powering multiple data-intensive applications across dozens of devices, and the investments we are making in our network are creating immediate benefits for our customers.”
Decoding Your Internet Speed Needs
While Internet speeds are the feature that many consumers associate most with their Internet service, reliability is arguably as important, if not more. But if you are deciding on speeds, there are factors at play like the number of connected devices in a household and whether they’re being used all at once.
- 50 Mbps is good for up to four devices, streaming services, video chatting, and downloading music and photos
- 100 Mbps is good for up to five devices, streaming services, video chatting, and downloading music and photos
- 200 Mbps is good for up to eight devices, downloading large files, streaming services, and video chatting
- 400 Mbps is good for up to 11 devices, fast downloads, HD streaming, and multiplayer gaming
- 800 Mbps is good for 12+ devices, super fast downloads, multiplayer people HD streaming, multiplayer gaming
- 1200 Mbps is good for unlimited devices, ultra-connected households, and pro-level gaming
Since 2019, the media and technology company has allocated nearly $440 million dollars towards technology infrastructure in Minnesota to provide more residents and businesses with gigabit-capable speeds. Johanna Mouton, Mayor of Wayzata, says having the western ‘burb join the fast track of internet connectivity will enhance the thriving service and retail business sectors across the region. “As Mayor, I want to be able to offer more choices for our residents so that they can identify the services that work best for them and their needs,” she says.
This full suite of internet products includes:
- Reliable and consistent connections for real-time activities like gaming, live streaming, and video conferencing with ultra-low lag
- Full support for in-home WiFi, and a new device coming soon with cellular and battery backup to help keep customers connected during any type of connectivity outage
- Access to the Xfinity 10G Network, the “next generation network,” which provides a faster, more reliable, and more secure connectivity experience at home and on-the-go
- Xfinity Mobile, the mobile phone service for Comcast, which can save customers up to $600 a year on mobile bills. Xfinity Internet customers who add this service only pay for what they need, via a by-the-gig or unlimited data plan option
- Flex, a solution to help users search less and watch more with a voice-controlled 4K streaming TV box, putting everyone’s favorite streaming apps all in one place
According to Agility Recovery, 70 percent of businesses or organizations will face a power outage within the next 12 months. Comcast Business helps power omnichannel experiences for local organizations of all sizes and stages, from safeguarding cyberattack risks across all connected devices to offering serious speed for bandwidth-intensive needs and clear and consistent service for those mission-critical calls.
“It is so nice to finally have Comcast in Wayzata,” says Brittany Alexander, office manager at Business & Estate Advisers, Inc. “While I have been a Comcast customer for my home internet for ten-plus years, it is wonderful to finally have access for our business and office internet. Comcast creates a ‘small town’ feel given our close-knit relationships with their team and we look forward to making this our internet provider for many years to come!”
On June 30-July 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Comcast team will be hosting an Xfinity On Tour event at the Wayzata West Middle School West parking lot, celebrating the expansion of Xfinity services to the city of Wayzata, and giving residents the opportunity to learn more about Comcast services, answer questions, and take advantage of exclusive offers. Also included: complimentary family fun with a balloon artist, face painter, ice cream, and giveaways for all.