Network Buildout is Part of Spectrum’s $5 Billion, Multiyear Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Investment in Rural Broadband
Spectrum today announced the launch of Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services to areas of previously unserved Franklin County, Indiana. When construction is complete, more than 725 Franklin County residents and small businesses will have access to Spectrum services for the first time.
Spectrum’s newly constructed fiber-optic network buildout is part of the company’s approximately $5 billion investment in unserved rural communities, which includes more than $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.
Charter Communications also presented the Franklin County Community Foundation with a $2,500 donation to launch the Spectrum Digital Literacy Scholarship Fund in support of digital literacy training through the foundation’s outreach service to students.
“Through RDOF, Spectrum is making a multiyear investment to extend gigabit broadband networks to unserved communities across America,” said Tom Yates, Vice President, Construction FO Rural Build. “Our commitment is making it possible to deliver the high-value broadband, mobile, TV and voice services now available in Franklin County. We are providing superior connectivity to local residents and small businesses at highly competitive prices, backed by an organization committed to craftsmanship and service.”
Franklin County Economic Development Director John Palmer said the county is a large county with very hilly terrain and low population density adding to the complexity of expanding Charter’s network to rural and unserved parts of the county. He applauds Charter for its efforts to meet the challenges it is facing through the construction process for the betterment of the county.
“As a result of Charter Communications/ Spectrum being awarded large areas of Franklin County in the FCC RDOF reverse auction, we will have improved high speed internet service for many of our citizens that had little hope of those connections,” Palmer said.
The Franklin County Commissioners welcome new broadband access to residents, which opens the door for student and business success in the county.
“We see the installation of high speed internet connections in the county to be a big advantage for our citizens,” said the County Commissioners. “This service is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for the success of our schools and business economy.”
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.
Source: Charter Communications