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Comcast Business partners with D.C. startup platform

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:12pm
Mike Robuck

Washington D.C.—based 1776 has picked Comcast Business as its exclusive network services partner for the 1776 Campus, which is an incubation space and events venue for emerging startups.

With the agreement, 1776 tenants have access to Comcast Business’ Ethernet, Internet, voice and video services. Located just blocks away from the White House, the 1776 Campus provides 15,000-square-feet of co-working space to startup organizations involved in the education, energy, health care and government industries.

Officially opened in April 2013, the campus features a collaborative working environment while also connecting startups with various political, intellectual, social and financial organizations through networking events, educational programs, and investment opportunities that can help assist them in achieving their business objectives.

"1776 has already received over 300 membership applications from companies around the U.S. and internationally, and the advanced technology infrastructure that we're able to provide to our members via Comcast is a large part of what makes our property so appealing to these fast-growing start-ups," said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. "Businesses need access to scalable high-performance network services that give them room to grow while still being flexible enough to conform to their specific needs. Comcast Business will provide our 213 confirmed members at more than 115 companies with the connectivity they need to continue doing what they do best – innovating."

As part of this arrangement, all 1776 members will have access to Comcast's Business Class Internet and an Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection that  scale up to 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) of speed.

Members can also purchase Business TV from Comcast, along with Business VoiceEdge and Business Class Voice services, which are all backed by 24/7 customer support and a dedicated local account team.

"Part of what makes us such a great fit for fast-growing organizations is that we're able to quickly accommodate their needs, whether that means turning up service capacity as they experience growth, or providing local support whenever it's needed," said Peter Marsh, regional vice president for Comcast Business. "Uptime and network reliability are essential for businesses – especially those on the cutting edge of innovation like the members of 1776 – and providing them with the connectivity they need to help keep their industries moving forward is critically important to us."

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