ERIN, Wis. – Spectrum today announced a $4.5 million construction project to bring its advanced fiber-optic network to nearly 1,500 homes and small businesses in the Town of Erin.
The project is being funded by a $4.2 million investment from Spectrum and a $300,000 American Rescue Plan (ARPA) grant received through the Town of Erin.
“Our partnership with the Town of Erin allows us to bring gigabit broadband and Spectrum services to more residential and small business customers residing in rural areas,” said Paul Navin, Spectrum Area Vice President in Wisconsin. “Construction efforts are on track to be completed in September, allowing us to provide high-value broadband, mobile, TV and voice services to Town of Erin residents.”
“Rural pockets of Wisconsin have been overlooked for far too long when it comes to expanding high-speed internet access to homes and small businesses,” said Town of Erin Chairman Dennis Kenealy. “Spectrum’s buildout in the Town of Erin brings opportunity to and connectivity our rural community, and for that we are grateful.”
Spectrum Internet delivers speeds up to 1 Gbps and Advanced WiFi for both residential customers and small business clients, featuring starting speeds of 300 Mbps, with no modem fees, data caps or contracts. Spectrum Business Internet offers its clients plans with starting download speeds of 300 Mbps, with 600 Mbps and 1 Gbps options. Spectrum Internet also delivers the fastest internet and WiFi download speeds in the nation*, and 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.
“The pandemic emphasized the digital divide in rural Wisconsin, and it also provided unprecedented funding to expand reliable, high-speed internet to those without it,” said Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann. “Today’s announcement is the culmination of hard work from all levels of government and providers like Spectrum to bring connectivity to rural communities such as those in Washington County.”
Rural expansion is a priority for Spectrum, and construction activities are underway throughout the state, including many linked to Spectrum’s approximately $5 billion RDOF-related investment in unserved rural communities, which includes $1 billion won in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 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 in the coming years, including more than 140,000 in Wisconsin.
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.
“I applaud Spectrum’s efforts to work with the Town of Erin and invest in bringing connectivity to more rural Wisconsinites – and doing it quickly,” said state Sen. Dan Knodl. “Fast and consistent internet access is essential in today’s connected world, and this network expansion is bringing our rural communities into the 21st century.”
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 are not 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 is the nation’s fastest-growing mobile provider** and 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 Unlimited lines starting at $29.99 a month, as well as By the Gig options.
Spectrum TV offers more than 270 HD channels and access to 85,000 On Demand movies and shows. Using the Spectrum TV App — the highest-rated pay TV streaming app in the U.S.*** — 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.
* Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data U.S. median fixed download speeds for Q1 2023. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
** Based on year end 2022 subscriber data among top 3 carriers.
***iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) average ratings as of April 1, 2023. Apps must have at least 150k reviews through combination of iOS & Android store reviews as of April 1, 2023.
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.