Atlantic Broadband to invest in cable, internet improvements

Telecommunications provider Atlantic Broadband announced it is making a $6.3 million investment designed to bring significant network infrastructure and service enhancements to residents and businesses in Miami Beach and surrounding areas including Aventura.

Called "FastForward Miami," the initiative is a multi-year, phased effort to build fiber deeper into Atlantic Broadband’s network, delivering increased network capacity and redundancy, the company said. When complete, the initiative will add 58 standard or high-definition channels and double top Internet speeds to 250 Mbps, ultimately enabling the wide-scale availability of Gigabit Internet service.

The service areas will include residents and businesses in Miami Beach, Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Golden Beach, North Bay Village, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, plus Brickell, the Biscayne corridor, and downtown Miami.

Phase 1 of the work will focused on the southern and northern portions of the system and began early this year. It is is expected to be complete by the end of August and will be quickly followed by Phase 2.

“This project is a continuation of our commitment to maintain a state-of-the-art network in Miami,” said Dave Keefe, Atlantic Broadband’s Southern Region senior vice president and general manager. He said the work will also improve reliability and reduce repair time in the event of storm damage. “FastForward Miami will bring tangible benefits to our customers – widely available Gigabit Internet, more channels, and improved reliability.”

Atlantic Broadband is a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. and the 9th largest cable operator in the United States.