Comcast Business (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has notched customer wins with two Connecticut craft breweries and the North of Boston Media Group.
In Connecticut, Comcast Business is providing high-speed Internet, voice, and business TV services to Black Hog Brewery and Charter Oak Brewing.
"Comcast Business is pleased to support the unprecedented growth in Connecticut's craft brewery industry through business technology solutions customized for individual needs," said Paul Savas, vice president of Comcast Business in Comcast's Western New England Region.
Comcast Business has helped breweries, like Black Hog Brewery in Oxford, expand the capabilities of their taprooms to function more as communal gathering spaces outfitted with TVs, WiFi, and other consumer-facing technology. Black Hog recently expanded to a 7,000 square-foot taproom and brewing facility.
"Comcast Business has helped us keep our 100-person taproom operating at peak performance," said Tom Sobocinski, partner at Black Hog. "Our operations require high-volume, bandwidth-intensive, cloud-based applications that demand the fast connectivity that Comcast Business Internet provides."
Scott Vallely, founder and owner of Charter Oak Brewing in Danbury, said: "We rely heavily on word-of-mouth marketing to keep customers coming through the door," said Vallely. "The easier it is for them to see and share our branding, upload their own photos and post reviews to social media straight from our taproom, the better."
In the Boston area, North of Boston Media Group and its family of publications, including The Eagle-Tribune, use network solutions from Comcast Business including Ethernet Dedicated Internet and Ethernet Network Services.
The media company's network was put to the test in September when a gas line failure occurred in one of the communities the paper covers. The failure ignited fires and caused explosions, generating widespread concern across the community which turned to The Eagle-Tribune for timely information. Eagletribune.com website traffic soared to more than 400,000 unique visitors and just under 1 million page views within a four-day span.
"Our community relies on our reporters for answers and updates during times like this, and we pride ourselves on being that critical resource and lifeline," said John Gregory, director of Information Technology at the North of Boston Media Group. "To do this effectively we need to be able to upload digital assets like photo and video quickly, post and edit stories as news breaks, share the news on social media in a timely manner, and manage influxes of web-traffic at any given time."
"As the digital age continues to redefine the way users retrieve and receive news, Comcast Business is dedicated to helping organizations like The Eagle-Tribune expand their capabilities to help keep citizens informed and communities connected," said Barry Bader, vice president of Comcast Business for the Greater Boston region.