Delivering High-Speed Broadband to More Americans
High-speed internet creates life-changing opportunities. That’s why, Charter is investing in our network to expand access to high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved homes and businesses, including those in rural America. We’ve invested more than $25 billion in our infrastructure and technology since 2014. In 2017 alone, we invested in and extended the reach of our advanced network to an additional 860,000 homes across our 41-state footprint, bringing the total number of homes passed to more than 50 million nationwide.
2017 Broadband Buildout in Unserved and Underserved Communities
Building our fiber-rich network out to unserved and underserves areas and connecting more Americans to broadband continues to be a priority for us. In 2017, we worked to extend the reach of our network to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in communities in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
Spectrum Internet Assist
Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) is available to eligible households across the 41 states we serve. This low-cost broadband option for eligible families, students and seniors delivers the fastest speeds of any comparable industry offering (30/4 Mbps), which meets and even exceeds the FCC’s definition of high-speed broadband. Helping bridge the digital divide for families through Spectrum Internet Assist is creating life-changing opportunities for them to apply for jobs, complete homework or start their own businesses.
Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program
Charter’s Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program helps bridge the gap in digital literacy through grants, public service announcements (PSAs) and direct engagement by partnering with nonprofit organizations committed to educating their communities on the benefits of broadband and how it can be used to improve their lives. The Program is committed to facilitating the meaningful work of these nonprofit organizations by awarding grant funding, airing PSAs on their behalf, and hosting webinars to help them extend their reach within local communities.
In 2017, we awarded nearly $400,000 to 17 organizations like LA’s Best in Los Angeles, CA; E2D, Inc. in Charlotte, NC; The Oasis Institute in St. Louis, MO and Waipahu Community Association in Waipahu, HI.