Charter Communications History
Charter Communications, Inc. was founded in 1993, and while the company has grown dramatically over the past two decades, our roots take us back to the pioneering days of cable. What began as mom-and-pop businesses in the late 1940s with cable strung from hilltop to homes has morphed into the advanced, high-tech cable industry that Charter is at the forefront of today.
With a network spanning more than 750,000 miles, Charter serves more than 31 million customers in 41 states through the Spectrum brand. Our vast infrastructure helps fuel innovation and delivers a robust offering of advanced services including faster broadband speeds, better video products, voice service, and a mobile offering to support customers on-the-go. Charter is a leading broadband connectivity company positioned to provide innovative services at a great value to meet customers connectivity needs today and into the future.
First U.S. cable systems are founded
Newhouse begins operating cable systems with the purchase of its first system in Alabama, branding it NewChannels
Warner Communications forms Warner Cable
Newhouse forms second cable company, MetroVision, in partnership with former Cox executives
Newhouse adds Vision Cable to cable assets, to serve over 500K customers, and later becomes Bright House Networks
Time Warner Inc. forms through merger of Warner Communications and Time Inc., together serving more than 5.5 million subscribers
Warner Cable and American Television & Communications (ATC) combine to form Time Warner Cable
Charter Communications, Inc. is founded in St. Louis. Acquisitions of cable systems across the country begin
Time Warner Entertainment and Advance/Newhouse form cable partnership
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen buys a controlling interest in Charter, which he kept until 2009
Charter earns a spot on Fortune 500
Advance/Newhouse begins operating Bright House Networks with approximately 2.2 million customers in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana and Michigan
Time Warner Inc. spins off Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable begins trading publicly on the NYSE
Charter closes transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to become the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., serving more than 25 million customers
Charter announced plan to make $25 billion investment in broadband infrastructure and technology over four years
McAllen, Texas Bilingual Call Center opens, as part of larger commitment to bring all offshore, overseas call center jobs back to the U.S.
Spectrum Completes All-Digital, upgrading the network across the footprint.
Wifi 6 Router debuts. Spectrum becomes first U.S.-based broadband provider to introduce the next generation wireless standard, using 802.11ax technology which improves WiFi coverage in the home.
Spectrum Mobile surpasses 1 million lines
Spectrum News launches its local news App to Spectrum residential customers including internet-only customers.
Charter Communications Launches New Multiyear, Multibillion-Dollar Initiative To Expand Broadband Availability