Comcast to Satisfy Your Connectivity Needs During DNC

The company will have the Wells Fargo Center, among other sites, wired during the Democratic National Convention.

Wells Fargo Center | Photo by PHL Approach via Wikimedia Commons.

Wells Fargo Center | Photo by PHL Approach via Wikimedia Commons.

Comcast Business has been named the official broadband and telecommunications provider for the Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia host committee announced on Tuesday.

No surprise here. In Philadelphia, the media giant has already made moves to upgrade its XFinity WiFi network at several transportation hubs around the city in time for the influx of an anticipated 50,000 guests in town July 25th-28th.

At the Wells Fargo Center, where the main convention events will take place, Comcast will provide network connections for internet, WiFi, Ethernet, Voice and TV services for convention attendees, operations personnel and vendors working in the arena.

“When delegates and guests share experiences on digital platforms, their followers and networks can engage with the convention on an unprecedented level,” said Reverend Leah D. Daughtry, chief executive officer of the Democratic National Convention committee. Adding, “Keeping participants connected is key to bringing the convention hall to the world.”

Comcast’s capabilities will “enable one of the most extensive gatherings of domestic and international media assembled this year to live stream, upload stories, photos, videos and more,” the host committee said in a statement.

Comcast Spectator, a subsidiary of Comcast that owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center, upgraded the arena’s Wifi capabilities in 2015 to deliver 1 gigabit-per-second Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection. The upgrade was made to help concert attendees and sports fans at the arena engage with social media, and the DNC will benefit from the upgrades, the company says.

The Comcast Business network will also serve as the backend infrastructure to power.

The Democratic National Convention committee says it expects this year’s convention to be one of the most connected to date, with delegates uploading selfies, Periscope speeches, Instagram photos and Facebook updates and also Tweeting and live blogging.

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