Comcast expanding to Reliance Road

FRONT ROYAL – Comcast Corporation will be expanding it cable opportunities for residents living off of Reliance Road.

Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley announced the news at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting and said Comcast informed him of its intention to move forward with the project this week. He noted that he is expecting the project to be completed within the next 30-45 days, depending on the weather.

The expansion is something the county has been pursuing since 2008 and will extend more cable and high-speed Internet options for county residents from U.S. 340 and 522 corridor to Reliance Road.

“Part of the issue out there was the fact that the electric power polls in that area … were too short,” Stanley said.

He added, “So the power company work(ed) with (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) to replace all of the electric power polls in that corridor. Now they are coming in and attaching the Comcast cable.”

Once the cables are attached, residents will have access to Comcast cable packages – with channels such as HBO and Cinemax – and Internet with speeds of 25 Mbps (megabytes per second) or higher.

According to Comcast’s website, prices for such packages can range from $50 or $80 per month or higher.

Prior to this, residents along that stretch of the county did not have access to cable services. Since the county has a franchise agreement with Comcast, residents do not have access to other cable companies like Shentel or Verizon.

Stanley said that television service along Reliance “was all satellite-based,” noting that many residents have opted for cable-less options like DirecTV.

Supervisor Linda Glavis brought up Verizon at Tuesday’s meeting, and asked if the county had approached the company regarding any expansions.

Stanley said, “Verizon has not been receptive to interest in the county about making additional investments in that area.”

Stanley noted via email that, per the county’s Telecommunications Plan of 2012, they “tried to reach out to Verizon unsuccessfully.”

He added, “The reality is, Comcast provides a much higher quality of service. So I think folks will be excited about getting Comcast out there.”

Stanley said the county is working with Comcast to update the county’s franchise agreement, with a goal of “identifying other areas in the county that need to be upgraded.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com