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Comcast @Home high-speed cable/modem Internet access blazes into Orange County homes and schools; five Orange County Communities to follow as Buena Park Mayor proclaims "Comcast @Home Internet Education Day".



SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 1997--To inaugurate the launch of Comcast Online Communications' first installation of its high-speed Comcast @Home Internet access service via cable modem, Buena Park Mayor Art Brown, and Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman William Steiner, have proclaimed June 24 as "Comcast @Home Internet Education Day" in Orange County.

The launch of this new Internet access technology on June 24 takes place during a full week of activities that focus on unprecedented online access speeds, high-impact content and unlimited Internet service now being offered in many Orange County homes and schools.

"We are proud that Buena Park has been chosen for the inauguration of the Comcast@Home cable modem Internet access technology," said Mayor Brown. "With this new service available in our community, residents and students can now experience unparalleled access to as much information there is available anywhere."

"As part of Comcast's national interest in the better education of children in the communities it serves, select Orange County schools will receive free installation and ongoing Internet service from Comcast@Home, bringing the global resources of the Internet to our schools in Buena Park," said Comcast Online Communications Orange County General Manager Fred Stefany.

Among the first communities in the U.S. to receive this revolutionary new cable Internet delivery technology, Buena Park homes and schools that are serviced by Comcast fiber optic cable will now have full-time access to the Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than available over standard dial-up telephone line connections. The debut of Comcast @Home in Buena Park is part of a three city U.S. launch of Comcast@Home's service joined by Philadelphia and Detroit communities. Following the Buena Park introduction, the Orange County communities of Santa Ana, Placentia, Fullerton, Newport Beach and Seal Beach will be offered the service during the third and fourth quarters of this year.

"Comcast @Home Internet cable service will provide the speed and quality of Internet content to homes and schools at levels only achieved by the most expensive, high bandwidth technologies, but for one low monthly rate for homes and schools will be free," said Stefany. "Now residents and classrooms in Orange County can enjoy the full potential of the Internet anytime, without the inconvenience and slowness of dial-up technology,"

Through @Home Network tier one connection to the Internet, Comcast's hybrid, coaxial cable infrastructure and Motorola Cybersurfer modem that customers will enjoy unparalleled connectivity and download speeds. As an added benefit, Comcast@Home customers stay connected 24 hours a day, having instant, uninterrupted access to the Internet. Content is cached locally, close to the customer, so access speeds are consistently measured in the megabits-per-second range. For example, a 2-megabit file takes about nine minutes to download over a normal dial-up 28.8kpbs modem connection, two minutes using ISDN -- but only ten seconds on Comcast @Home.

The Comcast@Home service aggregates national Internet sources such as premier links to C/net, E! Online, Discovery Online, Riddler.com, USA Today and many more popular Web sites. On the local level, Comcast Online both presents and creates an impressive collection of Orange County news and entertainment content partners like The Los Angeles Times, Orange County News, Orange County Metro and county favorites such as the Edwards Theater movie schedules, Huntington Beach Surf History Museum and local dining guides (www.InOrangeCounty.com). All national and local content is updated daily and is presented in an engaging, click-to-go format, optimized to take advantage of Comcast@Home's high bandwidth capabilities. Comcast@Home's speed advantage allows customers to fully enjoy multimedia content such as streaming video, audio clips, 3-D virtual reality and vibrant graphics without glitches often associated with downloading substantial size files.

Offered as an adjunct service, Comcast TV cable customers receive a discounted rate of $39.95 a month, $34.95 with a subscription to the new digital television service. Non-cable customers pay only $49.95 a month. Not requiring a telephone line, Comcast@Home customers will not have to dual-task their telephone line, pay for an additional Internet line or any dial-up charges. All Comcast Online customers enjoy unlimited Internet access, full use of the cable modem, the latest version of Netscape Navigator and the complete suite of Comcast@Home online services: e-mail, chat, newsgroups, and 5MB of personal Web space. Installation is performed by trained Comcast Online technicians who regularly service the local community.

Comcast Online Communications (http://www.ComcastOnline.com) through its partnership with @Home Network, offers residential customers the fastest, easiest and most entertaining way to access the Internet from home. Comcast@Home is professionally installed, easy to use and does not require a telephone line.

Comcast@Home is currently available in Baltimore; Detroit; Orange County, Calif.; Philadelphia; Sarasota, Fla.; and Northern and Central New Jersey, through Comcast Online Communications based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Based in Redwood City, Calif., @Home Network (http://www.home.net) distributed high-speed interactive services to residences and businesses using its own network architecture and a variety of transport options including the cable industry's hybrid-fiber coaxial infrastructure. The cable connection provides users significant increases in speed over conventional Internet services, and @Home's network allows for unique content offerings that go beyond current Web experiences.

Since its founding in 1995, @Home Network has reached affiliate agreements with seven top cable companies in Northern America, including Tele-Communications Inc., Comcast Corp., InterMedia partners, Marcus Cable, Rogers Cablesystems Limited, and Shaw Communications.

@Home Network and its cable partners are marketing high-speed Internet services in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Seattle; Fremont, Calif.; San Diego; Phoenix; Baltimore; Hartford, Conn.; Sarasota; Northern and Central New Jersey; and Orange County.

Comcast Corp., the parent of Comcast Online Communications, is principally engaged in the development, management and operation of wired telecommunications including cable television and telephone services; wireless telecommunications including cellular, personal communications services direct-to-home satellite television; and content through personal principal ownership of QVC, the world's premier electronic retailer; through C3 (Comcast Content & Communication, through majority ownership of Comcast-Spectator and controlling interest in E! Entertainment and other programming instruments. The company's consolidated and affiliated operations serve more than ten million customers worldwide.

Comcast Class A and Class A Special Common Stock are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively. -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: @Home Network, @Home and the @ logo are trademarks of @Home Network and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brands and products are trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Comcast Online Communications

Amy von Kaenel, 714/424-5225

avonkaenel@comcastpc.com
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