Charter Rapidly Growing Internet Service With Rural Focus
Charter Spectrum is rapidly expanding their coverage in an unexpected way; into unserved rural communities that don’t have quality high speed broadband internet options.
Entering rural areas is expensive and requires a greater investment, but Charter Spectrum has identified a whole new opportunity in gaining new customers. Rural areas have less competition and customers often get multiple services which lowers Charter’s cost, maximizes their profits and there’s funding to help with construction costs.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund or RDOF is an initiative led by the Federal Communications Commission to bridge the digital divide by allocating funds to internet providers that can build out high speed broadband networks in unserved and underserved rural communities that have little to no high-speed broadband internet options.
The RDOF Auction & Its Winners
Other internet providers that won the RDOF auction were Windstream, Frontier Communications, HughesNet, Verizon CenturyLink, and more. Internet providers that deliver higher speeds and lower latency internet services were favored as their services are more beneficial for users in the long term. However, nearly half of those who were qualified to participate in the RDOF auction were auction winners in some way.
The Charter Spectrum RDOF Project
Charter Spectrum internet was the biggest winner of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and has finally announced their project plans totaling $5 billion dollars with $1.2 billion from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the rest a whopping $3.8 billion from Charter Spectrum.
Spectrum Internet Speeds
With the Rural Digital Opportunity support Charter Spectrum is receiving, the company plans to build out rural high speed broadband with impressive speeds up to 1 Gbps to 24 states in the continental United States. These speeds are far beyond the minimum requirement defined by the FCC as high speed broadband internet of 25 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.
Spectrum RDOF Project Timeline
This build out with RDOF funds is a multiyear project that is scheduled to begin construction in some states by the end of 2021. The entire build out is expected to be completed by 2027 and networks should be finalized sometime in 2028 barring no delays or complications within the construction process.
Residents who live in one of the 24 states outlined by Spectrum are recommended to enter their address to find out if their home or business is within the area of the Spectrum network build out. If it is, members of the community can sign up to stay up to date on the progress of the project and Spectrum will let you know when construction is completed and service is available. At that time potential new customers will be able to sign up for Spectrum internet, TV, home phone and Spectrum Mobile services.
The Economic Benefits Of Charter Spectrum’s Rural Build Out
Not only will this project bring better internet service to residents, but Charter Spectrum announced that it plans to hire more than 2,000 employees and contractors to support the RDOF build out and the company’s own rural build out initiatives. Charter has won separate state high speed broadband grants, with those monies being used towards other rural broadband expansion projects that the company will give more details on at a later date.