Charter Communications has announced the launch of a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar broadband buildout initiative to deliver gigabit broadband access to more than one million unserved customer locations, as estimated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and awarded to Charter in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase 1 auction. Charter expects to invest approximately USD5 billion to support its rollout – offset by USD1.2 billion in support won from the RDOF auction.
The deployment will see Charter’s networks expanded to lower-density, mostly rural communities that do not have access to broadband service of at least 25Mbps/3Mbps. The states included in the plans are: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Tom Rutledge, chairman and CEO of Charter Communications, commented: ‘As we continue to help provide more Americans with reliable access to the internet ecosystem, our hope is that federal, state and local authorities, other private companies, pole owners and broadband providers will work together and play a pivotal role in expanding networks to unserved areas.’