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Broadband Expansion

Spectrum Celebrates its State-of-the-Art Broadband Network Expansion in Weakley County, Tennessee

State, County and Community Leaders Join Spectrum for Buildout Event, Part of Spectrum’s $5 Billion, Multiyear Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Investment in Rural Broadband

GLEASON, Tenn. — Spectrum and community leaders today gathered in Gleason to celebrate construction on a fiber-optic network buildout that will ultimately bring gigabit broadband and other Spectrum services to more than 3,700 homes and small businesses in Weakley County, Tennessee.

The network buildout is part of Spectrum’s approximately $5 billion investment in unserved rural communities, which includes $1.2 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.

Spectrum representatives, along with state Sen. John Stevens, state Rep. Tandy Darby and county leaders celebrated the expansion project and the launch of Spectrum Internet®, Mobile, TV and Voice services already available to nearly 900 homes and small businesses in the buildout area.

“It is a priority for our state to expand broadband to homes and small businesses that do not currently have access to reliable, high-speed internet,” said state Sen. John Stevens. “West Tennessee is a largely rural area and we welcome Spectrum’s investment to connecting our communities.”

“Through RDOF, Spectrum is making a multiyear investment to extend gigabit broadband networks to unserved communities across America,” said Craig Loden, Vice President of Construction for Spectrum in Tennessee. “Our commitment is making it possible to bring high-value broadband, mobile, TV and voice services to Weakley County. We will provide superior connectivity to local residents and small businesses at highly competitive prices, backed by an organization committed to craftsmanship and service.”

Following remarks and a ceremonial groundbreaking, Spectrum leadership and elected officials hosted a ‘Connecting Your Community’ roundtable discussion. “I’m thrilled that Spectrum is expanding its network into Weakley County through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” said state Rep. Tandy Darby. “This growth will bring unmatched economic opportunity to our region and our constituents.”

officials at groundbreaking
From left to right: Zach Bates, Spectrum Director of Gov. Affairs; Ronnie Craig, Spectrum Sr. Director of RDOF Construction; Weakley Co. Commissioner Larry Hudson, state Rep. Tandy Darby, state Sen. John Stevens, Gleason Mayor Charles Anderson. 

Spectrum Internet Gig, with download speeds of 1 Gbps, will be available throughout the buildout area. Spectrum Internet offers starting speeds of 300 Mbps, with Spectrum Internet Ultra providing download speeds of 500 Mbps. For small and medium-sized businesses, Spectrum Business Internet offers download speeds of 300 Mbps, 600 Mbps and 1 Gbps. 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.

“Reliable and affordable internet is vital to support education, business development, and economic opportunity. Currently, Weakley County has far too many homes and businesses without access to reliable and affordable broadband services,” said U.S. Rep. David Kustoff. “It is a top priority of mine to ensure that rural West Tennessee communities receive adequate funding and resources for broadband infrastructure. Thank you to the FCC and Spectrum for bringing internet, mobile, TV, and voice services to more than 800 unserved homes and small businesses in Weakley County. West Tennessee is looking forward to more broadband expansion to come.”

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Internet Service Provider for Rural Areas in its 2021-22 ratings, 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. And all Spectrum Internet plans have no data caps, modem fees or contracts.

Spectrum Mobile is available exclusively to Spectrum Internet customers. Combining 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 at great value, including access to nationwide 5G. Customers can bring their own phone or choose from among the latest mobile devices and accessories.

Spectrum TV® brings extensive programming lineups to the area, with 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 and PCs. Spectrum TV customers also have exclusive access to Spectrum Originals, a premier destination for premium original series, available on-demand and ad-free.

Home phone service through Spectrum Voice® provides unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico; up to 28 popular calling features, including Call Guard, which helps block unwanted robocalls; and no added phone taxes or fees. 

* 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.

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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