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Comcast Sets VoIP Launch for Boston, Hartford

Gearing up to introduce VoIP service throughout the U.S., Comcast intends to launch commercial service first in Boston and Hartford next month. In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wed., Comcast Chairman & CEO Brian Roberts said the MSO will begin rolling out VoIP in the Boston area in May, taking dead aim at Verizon Communications' prime territory. Comcast, which already delivers circuit-switched phone service over its cable lines to 300,000 subscribers in New England, will also go head-to-head with RCN Corp. in the Boston area. The MSO will charge as little as $39.95 per month for its new "Digital Voice" product, which will feature unlimited local and long-distance service, enhanced voice mail and E911 service. The Boston and Hartford rollouts are part of Comcast's plans to offer its VoIP product to 15 million homes in 20 markets by the close of 2005. The MSO aims to make its service available to all of its 40 million homes passed by the end of next year.
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