The announcements were made at the Fall 2011 Channel Partners Conference & Expo, which channel chief Craig Schlagbaum called the partner program's “coming out" party, since it’s the first major channel event the cableco has participated in since the program's debut.
Like the partner program launch, Comcast is rolling out Metro Ethernet services to the channel on a controlled basis through its eight regional partners and select subagents of its exclusive master agencies. Schlagbaum said the controlled rollout is to make sure that the processes are in place since the product is new to Comcast and to the channel.
Comcast began rolling out its Metro Ethernet services in mid-May in more than 20 major U.S. markets, including Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville; Miami; Nashville; State of New Jersey; Oakland; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland; Sacramento; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; San Jose; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and western New England.
“We are going to focus on a select number of markets initially where we know that we have good … coverage and support for the channel," Schlagbaum said. Schlagbaum declined to name the selected markets in an advance interview with Channel Partners, but hoped to share the information at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo.