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Charter’s Rural Broadband Investments Are Boosting Small Businesses

September 20, 2023

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In rural areas across the country, Charter’s construction teams are extending our fiber-optic network infrastructure to communities that have previously lacked access to high-speed internet. More and more rural Americans are seeing Spectrum trucks driving down their roads, technicians attaching broadband cables to utility poles, or our underground construction team laying fiber using state-of-the-art equipment.

Our investments to expand our network infrastructure in rural areas are creating tangible benefits and increasing economic activity in the communities we serve. This is especially true for small businesses that had previously been relying on outdated technology to reach their customers.

  • Hunter’s Quilt Mart in rural Centerview, Missouri, was recently connected to Spectrum Internet and has not only expanded their online business, but also adopted a cloud-based point of sale system to assist their employees and improve the overall customer experience. 
  • Tracy Temple with Silver Creek Supply, an agricultural supply company in Hardin County, Ohio, said fast and reliable broadband is “exponentially more important now than it was 12 months ago, two years, five years ago.” Access to high-speed connectivity has allowed his business to track important weather data, fuel consumption, and more.
  • Charter’s recent network buildout in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, reached Tim Mast and his Sunrise Dairy operation. Now, the dairy company can seamlessly connect with delivery trucks, modernize its bookkeeping process, and develop a new website, all while allowing him to spend less time crunching numbers and more time with family. 

Our network expansion in rural areas – backed by billions of dollars in capital investment by Charter and supported through federal and state partnerships – is helping create new opportunities for small businesses to compete in the 21st-century economy.