Comcast is rolling out a new service, Blue Ridge Cable, that will offer high-speed internet to some customers in the central Oregon community of Bismarck.
The service is being developed by a private company called Xero and is expected to launch next month.
The new service will allow customers to connect to cable services on Blue Ridge cables that carry their Internet, cable TV and phone services.
FoxSports.com’s Jeff Howe reported that Comcast customers who sign up for Blue Ridge will receive a free 2GB of internet at no additional cost.
It will cost $9.99 a month for the first 12 months, then $16.99 monthly thereafter.
The company said Blue Ridge’s internet service will be available to the public starting in March.
Blue Ridge will have a different billing structure than Comcast’s other high-tech cable services, such as Xfinity Internet, which customers pay monthly for, Howe reported.
For the time being, the Blue Ridge service will only be available in Bismark.
Comcast will not provide service in the city of Biddeford, which has a population of 1.8 million.
The company has previously said it will offer cable services in that city.
In a statement, Comcast said it is working with its customers to make the Blue Ridgeland service a reality.
“We are excited to be providing our customers the best possible experience in the Bismarcks central community, which will enable them to stay connected to our services at an affordable rate,” the statement said.
“We are confident the Blue ridge cable network is the most efficient and reliable way to deliver broadband to our customers.”
Blue Ridgland residents will have to pay for their cable and internet service separately.
Comcast says Blue Ridge customers will have the option of paying $9 a month or $16 a month.
Comcast has not yet announced pricing for other service types.
While Blue Ridge has a unique billing structure that gives its customers access to higher speeds, some cable subscribers may have problems with that system, Comcast spokesman Tom Tocher said.
Cable providers have been struggling to keep up with demand for high-end internet service.
Charter Communications has said it plans to roll out new high-definition cable TV services in Biddecord next month, and Dish Network said it would roll out a high-def television service in Bidsboro next month and in other markets.
More to come.