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Berry, KY

Network Investment and Access

10,000 Communities Served… And We’re Just Getting Started

June 13, 2024

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Berry, Kentucky – a rural community with a population of 350 residents that has never had access to high-speed internet – was the perfect location for an event to celebrate a significant milestone: Charter’s 10,000th local community served. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Berry Mayor Keith Ison, Harrison County Judge/Executive Jason Marshall, and Berry residents joined us to usher in a new era of connectivity as we announced a new franchise agreement that will bring broadband – and the life-changing opportunities that access to high-speed internet provides – to Berry for the first time.

Governor Andy Beshear

“Today, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Spectrum are making a clear statement that everybody matters, everybody's important, and everyone deserves high-speed internet access. This is the 10,000th community for Spectrum and they chose Berry, a town of about 350 people,” noted Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear at the ground-breaking event. “That is an important statement and it's important to each and every person here along with announcing that they're going to wire the whole town.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Besear

The announcement is part of a larger deployment across Harrison County connecting more than 3,700 homes and small businesses, including all homes in Berry. The cost of the project is $37 million, including an approximately $14 million investment from Charter, with the rest coming from the Commonwealth’s Better Internet Program and contributions received by the county through its federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“The local partnerships have always made Charter unique, allowing us to better understand the communities we serve and the needs of our customers and employees who live within them. The Commonwealth, under Gov. Beshear’s leadership, has established the kind of business environment that encourages this investment and partnership to help bridge the digital divide.”

Adam Falk, Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs at Charter

We’ve worked with state and local governments across the country to secure franchise agreements to deliver Spectrum products and services to thousands of communities of all sizes and from coast to coast, but we’re just getting started. Charter’s multi-year Rural Construction Initiative investment of approximately $9 billion – a portion of which we will offset with over $2 billion in government support funding – will ultimately connect approximately 1.75 million new homes and small businesses – in communities like Berry – across the country.