Americas Asia-Pacific EMEA



TVW Upgrades with Comcast Business Class Ethernet for Reliable Internet Connectivity and Cost-Effective Solution


Aug. 2, 2011


Comcast Corporation, one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced that TVW, one of the oldest and most respected state public affairs networks in the country, has upgraded its infrastructure with Comcast Business Class Ethernet.


TVW, often called the Washington state version of C-SPAN, provides unedited television coverage of state government, elections and public policy events to more than 3.5 million viewers. From its state-of-the-art media center in Olympia, TVW sends a television signal to a satellite service at the University of Washington's main campus in Seattle, which transmits the signal for distribution to cable television households statewide.


TVW is leveraging Comcast's Ethernet Private Line Service for a secure, high-capacity fiber connection between its Olympia media center and the University of Washington satellite service.


"Our viewers trust TVW to bring them not only unbiased but uninterrupted legislative programming. A network outage would take us off the air, and we would lose credibility with our viewers," said Greg Lane, President of TVW.  "As a previous T1 customer, we began looking for a new point-to-point solution. With Comcast, we found a reliable, cost-effective solution with scalable bandwidth that can be easily ramped up when we need it in the future."

TVW made history in 1995 with the first televised state court proceeding – a death penalty case being heard by the Washington Supreme Court. The TV network has big plans for the future to ensure Washingtonians have access to all public proceedings; therefore, the cable television network needs a data connection with flexible and scalable bandwidth to grow with it.