Comcast unveils high-speed Net link at school

April 12, 2001

With the help of a panel of fifth-grade computer users, Comcast Cable executives and county officials showed off a new high-speed cable Internet connection at Belvedere Elementary School in Arnold yesterday.

Comcast has promised to wire all of Anne Arundel County's schools with the company's high-speed Internet service, which is 50 times as fast as a standard 56K modem, officials said. Belvedere is the first elementary school with the new connection.

"This is a very important investment we're making in our children and in our schools," said Craig Snedeker, vice president and general manager for Comcast's Chesapeake Bay Group Systems.

Sen. John C. Astle, an Annapolis Democrat, reminisced about his school days, before his family even had a television set, back when encyclopedias were 20-book sets and not slim CD-ROMs.

"They know more about computers than I'll ever know," he said of the pupils.

County Executive Janet S. Owens and schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham attended the demonstration.

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