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UPDATE ON CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS/SPECTRUM AND BROADBAND SERVICES FOR UNSERVED AMERICANS

Charter Communications | Spectrum VIEW IN BROWSER NEWS & UPDATES | Jun 16, 2021 09a976ca-2b2c-4955-89cd-5b0b7f2ac629.jpgExpanding Broadband Access to Unserved Families and Small Businesses In the last three years alone, Charter extended its network to reach an additional 2.5 million homes and small businesses, about a third in rural areas. We are driven to provide new services, reach new customers, and accommodate higher traffic volume – as now more than ever our customers rely on the internet to work, learn, and stay connected. Charter Announces $5 Billion Initiative to Connect Unserved Americans A recent report from the Federal Communications Commission shows that 14.5 million Americans remain unserved – unable to access high-speed broadband service. About 11 million of them live in rural areas. To help close the broadband access gap, Charter has announced a $5 billion dollar initiative to connect more than a million currently-unserved, mostly rural families and small businesses to reliable broadband service with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. "The pandemic has further highlighted the need for broadband availability and adoption and Charter is committed to furthering its efforts as part of the comprehensive solution needed to address these challenges," said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. "As Americans across the country increasingly rely on broadband to work, learn, access healthcare, and stay in touch with family and loved ones, bringing broadband access to more unserved areas should be a priority for all stakeholders. Charter's new multibillion-dollar buildout initiative further highlights the importance of the sophisticated broadband networks that the U.S. cable industry has built over several decades, and the industry's commitment to the local communities it serves. 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." Learn more about Charter’s $5 billion dollar broadband expansion initiative. Bringing the Benefits of Broadband to Rural Maine Charter is continually working to expand reliable, high-speed broadband access to unserved homes and small businesses. Recently, Charter announced it would invest millions of dollars to bring the full suite of Spectrum services, including Internet, TV, Mobile, and Voice, to more than 1,500 homes in the rural towns of Etna, Newburgh, and Swanville. Construction has already started and Charter expects completion and service launch by late summer 2021. Once completed, these homes and small businesses will have access to starting internet speeds of 100 Mbps and connections up to 1 gigabit per second— with no modem fees, data caps, or contracts. Read more about how Charter is delivering broadband service to rural Maine. Charter Partnering in Ohio and South Carolina to Help Close the Digital Divide When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, it brought into sharp focus the importance of broadband connectivity and amplified the challenges for those who still lack access to reliable, high-speed internet. One of the ways Charter is helping to close the digital divide is by partnering with state and local governments to identify and help connect unserved communities. When Congress passed the CARES Act last year, many states, including Ohio and South Carolina, allocated funding to counties to help support broadband buildout projects to connect unserved residents. Read more about the CARES Act and Charter’s broadband expansion in Ohio and South Carolina. Charter Announces Participation in Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Recently, Charter announced its participation in the $3.2 billion federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to help connect eligible households with high-speed internet during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Broadband internet access is more important than ever and the EBB program offers a tremendous opportunity to help low-income families stay connected, providing eligible households a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Learn more about Charter’s participation in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. To learn more about our commitment to network investment and broadband access, visit our Policy Resource Hub here. Charter Policy 601 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste 400W Washington, DC 20001-5369 USA You are receiving this email because you've communicated with a member of the Charter Communications Government Affairs team. Unsubscribe Charter Policy © 2021 Charter Communications, Inc. open.php?u=009b6bb289e6340f662028037&id=

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