Charter announces $668 million plans to expand broadband in rural areas, including ours

Wi Charter Footprint Rdof Expansion
Courtesy of Charter Communications

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Charter Communications on Thursday announced plans to deliver high-speed internet to about 143,000 Wisconsin homes and businesses.

Charter will invest $500 million of private funds and $168 million in Federal Communications Commission Rural Digital Opportunity Funds to provide gigabit high-speed broadband to areas that need it in our state.

The new network will offer mostly rural customers 1Gbps  high-speed broadband access, with starting speeds of 200 Mbps, enabling them to engage in remote learning, work, telemedicine and other online activities that require high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity. Charter says it will continue to apply policies including no data caps, modem fees or annual contracts.

“The pandemic has 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 and positively impact the local communities we serve,” 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.”

The FCC estimates Charter will reach an additional 143,000 homes and small businesses in the state of Wisconsin, making it Charter’s largest RDOF-supported expansion in the country.