In First for New Hampshire, Comcast to Overbuild Telecommunications Service in Rochester

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867


Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Comcast and Rochester sign 10-year Cable Franchise

First-of-its-Kind Development for New Hampshire

Comcast Plans to Begin Construction in 2018 to Deliver a New Choice for Residents and Businesses

ROCHESTER — Comcast and the City of Rochester announced today they have signed a 10-year cable franchise, giving residents and businesses in Rochester a new choice for TV, internet, voice, home automation and wireless services.

In a first in New Hampshire’s history, construction of an overbuild to extend Comcast’s advanced network into the city will begin in 2018.

Comcast will also make available internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps for residents and 100 Gbps to business customers.

“We welcome and applaud Comcast’s commitment to serve Rochester with its innovative services, and we are exceptionally pleased that Rochester will soon be able to offer a new choice of television, internet, and phone providers to our residents and growing list of business owners,” said Rochester City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick.

The buildout will benefit Rochester’s more than 30,000 residents and the city’s quickly growing business community. Rochester is already recognized as one of the most business-friendly cities in New Hampshire. The city is rated “A+” for business friendliness by Thumbtack, and the Rochester Economic Development Corporation provides business owners with a litany of resources and information on programs, incentives, and financing solutions.

Today, Comcast is available in 103 communities in New Hampshire and employs over 2,000 people in New Hampshire.

Comcast will offer Rochester customers its complete portfolio of Xfinity services, including:

Rochester businesses will also have access to the Comcast Business suite of products, which include

Of note, Granite State businesses have selected Comcast Business as the #1 telecom provider for the last five years in a row as part of the annual BOB/Best of Business Award from New Hampshire Business Review.

Comcast gives back to the communities where its employees and customers live and work and supports nonprofit organizations focused on digital inclusion, volunteerism and service. In New Hampshire, Comcast partners with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs. Also, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is available throughout the Granite State. It is designed to help families with children in the National School Lunch Program as well as residents of HUD-assisted housing. Eligible customers can obtain Internet service for $9.95/month, participate in free digital literacy training programs and have the opportunity to buy a computer for less than $150.

“We are delighted to sign this 10 year franchise agreement with the City of Rochester and we are eager to bring our Xfinity and Comcast Business products and services to a city where there is clear consumer demand,” said Tracy Pitcher, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region.



Bedford Police to Host “Social Media: A Predator’s Playground” Event

Bedford Police Department
John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 4, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Bedford Police to Host “Social Media: A Predator’s Playground” Event

BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John Bryfonski announces that the Bedford Police Department, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children (NH ICAC) Task Force, willbedford-nh-social host a forum tonight on how to protect children while online.

The presentation, “Social Media: A Predator’s Playground,” will focus on educating attendees on the potential risks associated with the internet.

“This is a great opportunity for the community, especially residents who have children, to learn about best practices to keep their students safe on social media,” Chief Bryfonski said. “We encourage all who are interested in attending to join us for this discussion.”


Monday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.


Bedford High School Theater, 47 Nashua Road


Police and representatives from the NH ICAC Task Force will discuss how citizens can better protect their children while they’re on computers, cell phones, iPads, digital cameras, gaming systems, social networks and internet blogs.

The hour-and-a-half presentation is geared toward parents, educators and community leaders looking to gain a better understanding of the technology available to teenagers and the ways predators can use the internet and social media applications to exploit them.

About the New Hampshire ICAC:

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was established in 1998 and is responsible for investigating cases of child sexual exploitation involving the use of high technology throughout the state. This program enables law enforcement agencies to work together to acquire the technical skills, specialized equipment and resources to effectively investigate and prosecute offenders.

For more information or questions about the event, contact Detective Matt Fleming at


Groveland Police Department Hosts Internet Safety Event at Pentucket Regional Middle School

Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Deputy Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Groveland Police Department Hosts Internet Safety Event at Pentucket Regional Middle School

GROVELAND – Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen announces that the Groveland Police Department hosted several internet safety presentations at Pentucket Regional Middle School last week with speaker Katie Greer from KL Greer Consulting.

Katie Greer speaks to students about internet safety. (Courtesy Photo)
Katie Greer speaks to students about internet safety. (Courtesy Photo)

The event was held on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Greer presented material at 8:30 a.m. for students and again later that night for parents. She provides nearly a decade of internet/technology safety education for all ages to schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

Detective Steven Petrone from the Groveland Police Department organized the event, which was funded by the Pentucket PTA, along with the Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac police associations.

Greer’s program for the middle school students focuses on digging into issues like responsible posting and how certain content can have negative effects on students in the future. Other topics of discussion included:

    • What is personal information?
    • Social networking and privacy settings
    • Texting/smartphone usage
    • Interactive gaming rules and thoughts
    • Cyberbullying
    • Sexting/Child pornography

“Learning about internet safety is imperative, especially for seventh and eighth grade students, who are becoming more familiar with social media platforms and navigating the online world,” Deputy Gillen said. “Greer’s customized and proactive approach helps students and their parents remain safe and aware while on the internet.”


Arlington Police Investigating Robbery of Man by Online Acquaintance

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Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Contact: Chief Frederick Ryan
Phone: 781-953-4652

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Arlington Police Investigating Robbery of Man by Online Acquaintance

ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan reports that the Arlington Police Department is investigating the robbery of an Arlington man, allegedly by another man whom he met via the Internet.

Arlington Police responded to a residence on Spy Pond Parkway at approximately 2 p.m. for a report that a resident had been bound and robbed.

Officers arrived quickly and spoke with the victim who had apparently been handcuffed and blindfolded by an assailant who then stole cash and the victim’s vehicle.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim picked up the suspect at the Alewife MBTA Station after meeting via an advertisement posted on an online classifieds service and that the handcuffs and blindfold were consensual. The suspect then stole the cash and car keys and left the residence.

“This does not appear to be a random act of violence, and we do not want residents to be in fear for their safety,” Chief Ryan said. “We are actively investigating this incident.”

Arlington Police put out a broadcast for officers in the area and neighboring communities to be on the lookout for a black 2008 Ford Edge that was missing from the residence. The vehicle was recovered a short time later near the Alewife MBTA Station, and police believe he may have boarded a train from the area.

The suspect is described as a tall white man, weighing about 200 lbs. with a neck tattoo. He is approximately 30-35 years old and was last seen wearing Boston Celtics clothing.

The incident is under investigation by the Arlington Police Department.