At Charter, two of our key priorities include investing in America’s infrastructure and strengthening the communities that we serve. In 2018, Charter invested more than $790 million in infrastructure and technology in Texas. We also employ 12,000 people throughout the Lone Star State, including over 800 jobs located in our state-of-the-art Spanish-English bilingual call center in nearby McAllen.
We are committed to expanding access to broadband and increasing speeds to enable our more than 28 million customers to power their work, expand their educational opportunities, grow their business and help their local economies, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural community. Last year in south Texas, we increased our starting internet speeds to 100 Mbps and offer gigabit service to homes and businesses. We also continue to extend the reach of our network and now offer our superior broadband to several hundred additional homes and businesses in Peñitas, with additional buildout in community of Sullivan City to be completed later this year.
This week, we were proud to be joined by Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) State Representative Oscar Longoria and Mayor Rigo Lopez at an event in the Rio Grande Valley community of Peñitas to discuss our investments there, and the importance of helping residents access all of the benefits a broadband connection provides including through our high speed low cost broadband program for eligible families and seniors Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA). SIA offers speeds of 30 Mbps, which exceeds the FCC’s definition of high speed broadband.