“Earlier this year, PC Magazine singled us out as one of the top broadband service providers in the U.S.,” said Suddenlink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Kent. “This program will help us build on that distinction, extend our broadband leadership, and continue providing the best customer experience possible.”
To support the effort, known internally as Operation GigaSpeed, Suddenlink’s board of directors last week approved an investment of almost a quarter-billion dollars, above and beyond other capital improvements. The company will use the funds to upgrade network and in-home equipment and complete its conversion to all-digital video.
Kent added: “While companies like Google and AT&T are offering or planning to offer 1 Gigabit service in a relatively few, selected neighborhoods in urban and large suburban cities, we will take it to small and mid-sized markets and rural areas – and in those communities, it will be available to 100 percent of our customers.”
Kent said he expects nearly half of the planned 1 Gigabit launches to be completed next year and most of the remainder the following year. In addition, while Suddenlink already offers its business customers a range of custom services capable of multi-Gigabit speeds, the company also plans to enhance its standard commercial services through this project.
Suddenlink will communicate additional details to customers after the investments are started in each community and again when 1 Gigabit speeds are available.
(Press release from Suddenlink)