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Broadband ExpansionOctober 14, 2022

Spectrum Begins Broadband Network Expansion Project In Lincoln County, Kentucky

Network Buildout is Part of Spectrum’s $5 Billion, Multiyear Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Investment in Rural Broadband

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    Buildout to Reach nearly 1,400 Homes and Small Businesses in Lincoln County

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Spectrum today announced construction will soon be underway on a fiber-optic network expansion project that will bring gigabit broadband and other Spectrum services to nearly 1,400 homes and small businesses in Lincoln County at an event today in Stanford, Ky.

    The buildout is part of Spectrum’s approximately $5 billion investment in unserved rural areas, 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 in the coming years.

    Additional support for the projects comes from the Kentucky’s Better Internet Program, which includes a more than $203 million investment to expand reliable and affordable high-speed internet to more than 34,000 Kentucky families and businesses.

    “Broadband is a vital resource for work, learning and personal connection,” said Dwight Buchanon, Vice President, Construction FO Rural Build. “Leveraging resources won in the RDOF auction, we’re building a high-speed, high-capacity network that will bring gigabit internet to nearly 1,400 homes and small businesses in Lincoln County — an investment that will ensure families and businesses can participate fully in the digital world, now and well into the future.”

    Rep. Hal Rogers has made Kentucky broadband expansion a priority and appreciates Charter’s efforts to make the service more widely available.

    “I have been diligently working to improve broadband access in southern and eastern Kentucky, and this expansion is proof that we are making important strides in connectivity.  The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and Spectrum’s investment in Lincoln County is bringing high-speed internet to more rural communities, ensuring that we have access to the global grid for greater opportunities for our students, our businesses, and our families. Kentucky is finally rising up the ranks for connectivity, thanks to vital investments like this,” he said.

    Kentucky Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade says today’s announcement is an important step in ensuring all Kentuckians have equal access to broadband service.

    “Expanding high-speed internet access for all Kentuckians, regardless of location, has been a top priority during my service in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Partnerships with stakeholders like Spectrum, local communities, and utility pole owners make these infrastructure projects a success and will soon bring high-speed internet access to hundreds of rural families.”

    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.

    About Spectrum

    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.

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