Broadband ExpansionFebruary 10, 2023
Spectrum Awarded ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant for Washington County, Missouri
More Than $10 Million Fiber-Optic Buildout Would Connect More Than 1,000 Homes and Small Businesses to Gigabit Broadband with Starting Speeds of 300 Mbps
POTOSI, Mo. — Spectrum today announced it has been awarded an ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant of more than $6.5 million to bring gigabit high-speed internet access to more than 1,000 homes and small businesses in Washington County. Combined with the state grant, total project investment including $3.7 million from Spectrum, is more than $10.2 million.
“I’m thrilled that Spectrum will be expanding its network infrastructure to unserved and underserved areas of Washington County thanks to the state’s recent broadband grant announcement that helps improve internet access statewide,” said state Senator Elaine Gannon. “Spectrum is the right provider to bring high-speed internet access to these communities.”
“I have been a longtime supporter of improving internet access across the state. Soon, Washington County students, families, and seniors will benefit from access to Spectrum’s fast internet and other services that help us stay connected to what matters most,” said state Representative Mike McGirl.
Spectrum is already Missouri’s largest broadband provider, serving 878,000 customers and employing more than 6,500 residents in the state.
“Gov. Parson, his administration and the Missouri Office of Broadband Development have shown tremendous leadership in embracing public-private partnerships as a vital strategy for connecting unserved communities,” said Todd Baxter, Vice President of Government Affairs at Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of connectivity services.
The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant further expand Spectrum’s rural construction initiative, the centerpiece of which is the company’s approximately $5 billion investment in unserved rural communities, which includes more than $1 billion won in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction. The company’s RDOF expansion will provide broadband access to approximately 1 million customer locations as estimated by the FCC across 24 states — including more than 60,000 locations in Missouri — in the coming years.
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, underscoring our ongoing commitment to connecting more communities from coast to coast. 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 December 2021.
Broadband Speeds Up to 1 Gbps, Plus Money-Saving Mobile Options and 85,000 On Demand Choices
Spectrum offers customers a best in class suite of products, highlighted by Spectrum Internet® plans with speeds up to 1 Gbps for both residential customers and small business clients, starting speeds of 300 Mbps and no modem fees, data caps or contracts. Spectrum was also 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.
Along with multiple broadband options, Spectrum services will also include Spectrum TV® and Spectrum Mobile™ in Washington County.
Spectrum Mobile, available exclusively to Spectrum Internet customers, combines the fastest overall speeds* with the best devices and a choice of Unlimited or By the Gig data plans. Spectrum Mobile provides customers the highest-quality experience, including access to nationwide 5G, at great value, with new lines at $29.99 per month. And 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.
* Fastest Overall Speeds claim based on Global Wireless Solutions’ combined cellular and WiFi speed test results in Spectrum service area where WiFi is available. Cellular speeds vary by location.
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, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.