BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Spectrum joined Gov. Kay Ivey, U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt and other state and community leaders today to celebrate construction of a fiber-optic network buildout that will ultimately bring gigabit broadband and other Spectrum services to more than 6,500 homes and small businesses in Walker County, Alabama.
“My administration has prioritized expanding access to reliable high-speed internet service for families and businesses throughout Alabama,” said Gov. Ivey. “Today, we celebrate breaking ground on Spectrum’s public-private partnership with the state to advance broadband connectivity in rural Walker County.”
U.S. Rep. Aderholt added, “For many years we have been working to close the digital divide across the state and country, and this expansion by Spectrum is a big step towards doing so. Many of my constituents here in Alabama’s Fourth District feel the strain every day of not having access to high-speed, reliable broadband, and I am excited to see great progress like this.”
The network buildout is partially attributed to a $4.95 million Alabama Department of Community and Economic Affairs (ADECA) grant recently awarded to Spectrum to connect more than 2,100 unserved locations.
“I am thrilled that Spectrum received an ADECA grant to expand its services to Nauvoo and other unserved parts of Walker County,” said state Rep. Woods. “It opens the door for new business opportunities and for residents to be more connected and to work and learn from home.”
When the ADECA grant is paired with ongoing rural expansion through the FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), Spectrum is building fiber connectivity to more than 6,500 unserved locations in Walker County. The company’s total RDOF expansion will provide broadband access to approximately 1 million customer locations as estimated by the FCC across 24 states in the coming years.
“Broadband is a vital resource for work, learning and personal connection,” said Tony Sieiro, Spectrum’s Area Vice President in Alabama. “Leveraging resources won in the ADECA grant process and RDOF auction, we’re building a high-speed, high-capacity network that will bring gigabit internet to thousands of homes and small businesses in Walker County — an investment that will ensure families and businesses can participate fully in the digital world, now and well into the future.”
Spectrum serves more than 652,000 customers across 238 communities in Alabama.
“The state of Alabama has made historic strides toward expanding internet access to all Alabamians, regardless of ZIP code,” said state Sen. Reed. “We’ve seen unprecedented investments and public-private partnerships — just like with Spectrum here in Walker County — that are resulting in efficient and expeditious deployment of high-speed internet access to our most rural pockets of the state.”
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 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™. Local residents and business owners should visit spectrumruralexpansion.com to learn more about when their home or business may be able to receive Spectrum services.
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 (two or more lines starting at $29.99 a month, saving customers up to $1,000 a year**). 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, XClass 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.
** Savings based on 2-line comparison of unlimited plans among major national carriers as of 09/2021; prepaid excluded; data usage limits vary by carrier. Spectrum Internet required. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.
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.