Elkton Town Meeting, July 21, 2010 – Comcast Customers in most of Cecil County will soon have the latest generation of digital products available to them, according to Tom Worley, area director of government relations. Those upgrades will translate into new services such as high-definition digital cable, video-on-demand, faster broadband and more, according to representatives of Comcast, Tom Worley and Alyssa Dougherety. The cable plant upgrades in Elkton are starting in the autumn and around the first quarter of 2011 high-definition and on demand video is going to be available. More improvements will follow and they’ll come fairly quickly, the company added.
Commissioner Givens wanted to know how Comcast was going to let customers know about these enhancements. “We anticipated it would be picked up tonight by the newspapers. We hoped they were going to be here,” Tom responded. “Are they behind me?” he asked. When the board said the papers weren’t here, he mentioned that Comcast will generate a press release.
Mayor Fisona thanked the company spokespeople for the news, to which the representative responded. “Patience played a key role because you were pushing for your constituents and here we are. You should feel good about what you achieved.” As they complimented the Elkton officials for continuing to push for this, Commissioner Jablonski asked if it was a county-wide project. Comcast doesn’t serve the entire county since there are other cable provides such as Atlantic Broadband and Armstrong but the enhancements are going to affect customers in Comcast market areas of Elkton, North East and Charlestown. It won’t be provided in the rural systems serving Cecilton or Galena. “They’re so remote we haven’t been able to develop a business plan that would justify it,” Tom remarked.