Network buildout is part of Spectrum’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) investment in rural broadband

Spectrum, the #1 rural internet provider in the nation, based on Dec. 2022 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Data Collection locations, will launch “Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice” set to service more than 2,100 homes and small businesses in Putnam County and the surrounding area, according to a release by the company.

The company recently constructed a fiber optic network “buildout” as a part of the company’s $5 billion RDOF-related investment in unserved rural communities. According to the company, the total will be partly offset by $1.2 billion in the FCC’s RDOF auction.

“As a member of the Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus, I’ve been a staunch advocate for prioritizing funding to truly unserved and rural communities,” said U.S. Rep. John Rose. “The RDOF program and Charter’s investment is achieving just that – bringing fast and reliable internet to previously unserved rural homes and businesses in Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District.”

The company’s RDOF expansion will provide broadband access to 1.3 million customer locations across 24 states in the coming years.

Spectrum has also won more than $700 million in state broadband expansion subsidies, which, combined with Spectrum investment, will connect another 300,000 homes and small businesses.

“Spectrum is bringing gigabit broadband to unserved communities in Tennessee and across America through RDOF,” said Craig Loden, Vice President of Construction leading Spectrum’s expansions. “Our investment is making it possible to deliver the high-value broadband, mobile, TV, and voice services now available in Putnam County. We are providing local residents and small businesses superior connectivity at highly competitive prices, backed by a team of skilled local technicians and 100% U.S.-based customer service.”

The investment in rural broadband expansion makes the community stronger, according to House Speaker Cameron Sexton.

“We’ve seen a lot of recent investment in rural broadband expansion in Tennessee, and today’s announcement from Spectrum further shows how a reliable provider can help make a community stronger by delivering quality services to our state’s communities in need,” said Sexton.

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