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America’s #1 Rural Internet Provider Is Helping Rural Communities Compete in the 21st-Century Economy

August 11, 2023

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Connectivity is essential to how we communicate, learn, work, and pursue new opportunities, yet many Americans who live in rural communities still lack access to reliable, high-speed internet. That’s why Charter is making substantial investments to help close this digital divide, solidifying our place as the nation’s #1 rural internet provider.

Data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) National Broadband Map shows Charter is the largest and the fastest-growing rural internet provider in the nation. In the past year alone, we’ve made tremendous progress delivering access to our suite of connectivity services, including Spectrum Internet –  the fastest internet and Wi-Fi in the nation that consistently exceeds 100% of advertised download and upload speeds – to thousands of previously unserved homes and small businesses across our footprint. Several recent announcements help paint the picture of our deep commitment to connecting rural communities across the nation:

  • In Muskingum County, OH, we announced a $30.6 million project, including a collaboration with Broadband Ohio, to give more than 5,000 rural residents and small businesses access to broadband for the first time.
  • In Pleasant Hill, TN, we constructed more than 28 miles of fiber network to area homes and small businesses, with our RDOF expansion in the state expected to include nearly 80,000 customer locations.
  • In St. Francois County, MO, we made our gigabit-speed Spectrum Internet network available to more than 1,500 rural homes and small businesses, earning us praise from State Representative Mike Henderson who said, “we’re thankful for partners like Spectrum that are helping bring connectivity to our most rural communities.”

Rural communities across the country are seeing Spectrum trucks coming down the road and our construction teams are working day in and day out to deliver connectivity. Watch the video below for a glimpse into our rural construction projects: