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Comcast upgrading WiFi network for fans at Wells Fargo Center

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I always found it ironic that it's nearly impossible to get a strong wireless Internet signal inside of Wells Fargo Center, yet when you look up there are giant "WELCOME TO COMCAST COUNTRY" signs on each side of the arena.

In any event, maybe that's going to change. The Wells Fargo Center is upgrading its wireless Internet network for fans at all events inside the building, including Flyers games. Here's the press release from Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Flyers and the building:

Comcast-Spectacor is introducing a new, upgraded and free XFINITY WiFi network at the Wells Fargo Center that will be a platform for enhanced communication and in-game interaction for fans, media, and businesses within the arena.

Comcast-Spectacor has partnered with Cisco, the worldwide leader in information technology, and Comcast Business to build the XFINITY WiFi network in the Wells Fargo Center. By utilizing Cisco's latest-generation Cisco Connected Stadium solution, and equipping it with a 1Gigabit per second Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection, Comcast-Spectacor will be able to offer faster upload and download speeds than ever before in the arena.

"Our goal is to make the Wells Fargo Center a leader in innovative technology and fan interaction," said Dave Scott, President of Comcast-Spectacor. "This upgrade is just the first of many exciting advancements we will be making at the arena and is a preview of the innovations we can bring to other arenas across the country and in Canada."

"We know how important it is for fans to stay connected," said Mike Sheehey, Executive Vice President, Comcast-Spectacor. "We are creating an experience at the Wells Fargo Center where our guests will be able to stay engaged with social media, upload their photos, download stats, instantly post a ‘selfie' on the center hung scoreboard, and continue to follow their favorite team or entertainer, just as they could at home."

The upgraded Xfinity WiFi system is currently available at the Wells Fargo Center.  In-game announcements encouraging fans to access the technology began on Thursday February 5, when the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the New York Islanders. The XFINITY WiFi hotspots at the Wells Fargo Center are free for fans to use, whether they are XFINITY customers or not.

Get ready for more changes at the WFC in the coming years, too: Word on the street is that Comcast-Spectacor will be renovating the building from top to bottom as well.