InvestorsFebruary 5, 2007
Charter Business(TM) Launches Channel Partnership Programs
Alternative to Traditional Phone Companies for Businesses
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2007--Charter Business(TM), a division of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced a redesign of its third-party distribution strategy in order to open channels for information technology, networking and telecommunications integrators for large and enterprise businesses.
"Charter Business appreciates the value our Channel Partners bring to the table, especially for large businesses," said Jim McGann, Corporate Vice President of Charter Business. "Channel Partners appreciate the ease with which they'll be able to integrate Charter Business' robust fiber-optic based services into their customers' network strategies."
The successful pilot for the Charter Business Channel Partners program took place in Charter's Wisconsin and Michigan service areas during the last 24 months, according to Mr. McGann. The Charter Business Channel Partnership Program is built to accommodate both IT/Networking/Telecommunications integrators and other network service providers such as cable multiple system operators (MSOs), regional telecommunications carriers, and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECS).
"The structure Charter Business is putting into place will support our Channel Partners and their customers," said Mr. McGann. "And we're already receiving positive feedback from the business community letting us know that they're ready and eager for an alternative to the phone companies."
Charter is expanding the Channel Partnership program by staffing channel managers and a channel support organization in its markets nationwide. A web portal for the Channel Partners Program is to be launched in the first quarter this year.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital(R) video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet access service, and Charter Telephone(TM) services. Charter Business(TM) similarly provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
CONTACT: Charter Communications, Inc.
Mary Jo Moehle
SOURCE: Charter Communications, Inc.