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Utz Quality Foods Dips Into Comcast Business Ethernet And Business Trunks To Connect Multiple Locations Across The Eastern United States

"Comcast Business has been right there with us each step of the way, acting as a true business partner and giving us the same dedicated service that we provide to our customers. Knowing that we can also scale up our bandwidth to as high as 1 Gbps in a matter of days – not weeks – gives us the ability to react quickly so that we can continue putting our customers first, as we always have," said J. Ed Smith, chief information director for Utz Quality Foods, Inc. "In aggregate, we realized a significant savings, while enjoying more bandwidth than what our T1 lines had given us. In our opinion, there is both tangible and intangible value in working with Comcast, which is the recipe for a true business partner!"

Utz installed a 20 Mbps Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line that replaced three T1 connections at its corporate headquarters to provide up to four times the bandwidth for much less than what the company was previously paying. This allows Utz to host most of its corporate applications directly from headquarters, including programs as diverse as occupational health management and AUTOCAD software. Utz also added two Business Trunks as well, which is saving the company's call center in local and long distance fees.

Most recently, Comcast installed both a 6 Mbps and 10 Mbps Ethernet Private Line (EPL) at Utz's Sterling and Fitchburg, Mass., facilities. As strategic locations for the company, these two facilities ship product directly to Utz's various New England distribution centers, with the latter also being responsible for feeding video surveillance footage back to headquarters.

"An increasing number of companies are partnering with Comcast Business because our wide range of scalable, high-speed services are complemented by an equally wide network of fiber that can reach virtually any geographic area, making Ethernet an ideal solution for rapidly-growing businesses like Utz that need to adapt to ever-changing demands from both their employees and customers," said Glenn Lytle, vice president for Comcast Business Services in the Keystone Region. "This important benefit, combined with reliable connectivity and dedicated customer support, is what sets us apart from our competitors and helps our customers succeed."

About Comcast BusinessComcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a modern, converged network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Metro Ethernet services are significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US markets.

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