Network Buildout is Part of Spectrum’s $5 Billion, Multiyear Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Investment in Rural Broadband
PALESTINE, Texas — Spectrum, the #1 rural internet provider in the nation*, today announced the launch of Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services to more than 1,200 homes and small businesses in rural Anderson County, Texas. Spectrum’s newly constructed fiber-optic network buildout in Anderson County is part of the company’s approximately $5 billion RDOF-related investment in unserved rural communities, partly offset by $1.2 billion 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. Spectrum has also won more than $700 million in state broadband expansion subsidies across the country which, combined with Spectrum investment, will connect another 300,000 homes and small businesses.
“Spectrum is bringing gigabit broadband to unserved communities in Texas and across America through RDOF,” said Abe Robinson, Vice President of Construction leading Spectrum’s Texas RDOF expansions. “Our investment is making it possible to deliver the high-value broadband, mobile, TV and voice services now available in Anderson County. We are providing local residents and small businesses superior connectivity at highly competitive prices, backed by a team of skilled local technicians and 100% U.S.-based customer service.”
Broadband Speeds up to 1 Gbps, Plus Money-Saving Mobile Options and 85,000 On Demand Choices
Spectrum Internet delivers speeds up to 1 Gbps and Advanced WiFi for residential and small business customers, featuring starting speeds of 300 Mbps, with no modem fees, data caps or contracts. Spectrum Business Internet offers customers 1 Gbps download speeds, with 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps options. The company has also begun a network evolution that will provide gigabit upstream speeds and multiple gigabit download speeds across its entire 41-state service area.
"The availability of dependable, high-speed internet has become a critical lifeline, facilitating virtual healthcare services and enabling students to engage in remote education,” said U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey. “This recent expansion will grant over 1,200 new residences in Anderson County full access to high-speed broadband services. Recognizing that internet access is now a necessity, I remain committed to working with Spectrum as they invest in Texas, striving to ensure that our rural communities have fast and reliable internet access."
Spectrum Internet 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.
“I’m a strong believer in creating an environment that attracts businesses and allows entrepreneurs to thrive, which is why it’s so important to have fast, reliable internet service in every community,” said Texas Sen. Robert Nichols (TX-3). “This investment by Spectrum to bring broadband to rural Anderson County will not only boost economic development, but it will provide new and expanded opportunities for rural families.”
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.
“High-speed broadband access for unserved rural areas is great news for our county,” said Texas Rep. Cody Harris (TX-8). “The federal RDOF program combined with Spectrum’s investment is a good example of a public private partnership working well for Texans and will help increase access to career development and education opportunities.”
Spectrum’s Robinson credited Anderson County officials, Oncor, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative and the Texas Department of Transportation for enabling a prompt RDOF deployment.
“Permitting processes and access to local utility poles are key to bringing these RDOF projects to fruition,” Robinson said. “Anderson County electric providers moved quickly to help us access their poles and install new infrastructure, and local government representatives helped us navigate the necessary permitting procedures, so we were able to start work without delay. Everyone’s cooperation made it possible for Anderson County residents to begin enjoying improved broadband services at a much quicker pace.”
Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney added, “High-speed internet has become an integral part of life – for our businesses, homes, and communities. Spectrum’s commitment to bring its high-speed internet access to Anderson County through the federal RDOF program is a boon for our area and we’re thrilled this connectivity is now a reality.”
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.
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.
* Based on December 2022 FCC Broadband Data Collection locations.
** Based on Q3 2023 subscriber data among top 3 carriers.
*** iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) average ratings as of Dec. 1, 2023. Apps must have at least 150k reviews through combination of iOS & Android store reviews as of Dec. 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.