COLUMBIANA, Ala. — Spectrum today announced it has been awarded a $2.9 million Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund (ABAF) grant to bring gigabit high-speed internet access to more than 4,400 unserved homes and small businesses in Shelby County. Spectrum has committed to invest more than $15.4 million on the expansion project, bringing total investment to more than $18.3 million.
“As a lifelong resident of Shelby County, I’ve seen how this area has evolved and the impact that technology has on the daily lives of my constituents,” said state Rep. Corley Ellis. “Lack of reliable internet has been a significant hurdle for thousands of families, but today’s announcement that Spectrum was awarded to expand its network to unserved parts of Shelby County means we’re closer to achieving 100% internet accessibility.”
The Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund (ABAF) grant in Shelby County is one of four grants awarded to Spectrum to expand fiber-optic broadband infrastructure to areas of the state that currently lack access to high-speed connections. The ABAF Grants are offered and distributed through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
Overall, Spectrum has committed to invest nearly $35 million to extend its broadband network in Shelby, Bibb, Tuscaloosa and Winston counties. Combined with $6.7 million in ABAF grants, Spectrum’s investment in the projects totals nearly $41.7 million and will help connect more than 9,800 homes and small businesses across those Alabama counties.
“The Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund is ensuring all Alabamians have access to fast and reliable internet at home and work,” said state Sen. Lance Bell. “Spectrum’s new expansion of its high-speed internet infrastructure in unserved parts of Shelby County is a welcome improvement for more than 4,400 families and businesses that lack access today.”
“Gov. Ivey, her administration and the Alabama Legislature have shown tremendous leadership in embracing public-private partnerships as a vital strategy for connecting unserved communities,” said Marva Johnson, Group Vice President of Government Affairs at Charter Communications, which operates the Spectrum brand of connectivity services. “These grants build upon Spectrum’s commitments and capabilities as one of Alabama’s largest broadband providers to further close the digital divide.”
Spectrum Internet has been consecutively ranked as one of the best internet service providers by U.S. News & World Report, and also earned the highest rating among the Best Internet Service Providers for Rural Areas. Spectrum Internet also exceeded advertised download and upload speeds for all tiers measured — even during peak weeknight usage between 7 and 11 p.m. — according to the FCC’s most recent “Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report” issued in January 2023.
Spectrum also was a day one participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which makes quality, high-speed internet service available at a low — or even at no — cost to eligible families in financial need. All Spectrum Internet plans are eligible for ACP credits, and because customers aren’t locked into a contract, families can always choose the right broadband plan to meet their changing needs.
Along with multiple broadband options, Spectrum services now available also include Spectrum Mobile™ and Spectrum TV®. Spectrum Mobile combines with Spectrum Internet and Advanced Home WiFi to provide seamless connectivity inside and outside the home. Spectrum Mobile provides customers access to nationwide 5G at great value, with new Unlimited lines starting at $29.99 a month, as well as By The Gig options. Spectrum TV offers more than 200 HD channels and access to 85,000 On Demand movies and shows. Using the Spectrum TV App, viewers can stream content across a growing number of platforms, including iOS and Android mobile devices, Xbox One, Kindle Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, XUMO TVs and PCs.
Spectrum is a suite of advanced communications services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage and sports programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.