New Orleans, Louisiana — Spectrum, the #1 rural internet provider in the nation*, today announced the launch of Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services to nearly 3,800 homes and small businesses in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. Spectrum’s newly constructed fiber-optic network buildout is part of the company’s approximately $5 billion RDOF-related investment in unserved rural communities, partly offset by $1.2 billion in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) RDOF auction.
The company’s RDOF expansion will provide broadband access to approximately 1 million customer locations as estimated by the FCC 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 Louisiana and across America through RDOF,” said Craig Loden, Vice President of Construction leading Spectrum’s Louisiana RDOF expansions. “Our investment is making it possible to deliver the high-value broadband, mobile, TV and voice services now available in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. 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.”
Broadband Speeds up to 1 Gbps, Plus Money-Saving Mobile Options and 85,000 On Demand Choices
Spectrum Internet delivers speeds up to 1 Gbps and Advanced WiFi for residential and small business customers, featuring starting speeds of 300 Mbps, with no modem fees, data caps or contracts. Spectrum Business Internet offers customers 1 Gbps download speeds, with 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps options. The company has also begun a network evolution that will provide gigabit upstream speeds and multiple gigabit download speeds across its entire 41-state service area.
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Education, a mother, and grandmother, ensuring my constituents have the educational tools and resources they need is very important to me,” said State Senator Beth Mizell. “Today, internet access is an essential tool for success, and Spectrum’s efforts to expand broadband infrastructure to our most rural areas is true commitment to helping bridge the digital divide for our students and lifetime learners. I look forward to seeing my District and all of rural Louisiana totally connected.”
Spectrum Internet exceeded advertised download and upload speeds for all tiers measured — even during peak weeknight usage between 7 and 11 p.m. — according to the FCC’s most recent “Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report” issued in January 2023.
“The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund has served as a catalyst for government and private investment to spur broadband deployment to truly unserved, rural communities,” said Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller. “It’s an exciting day for our residents now that Spectrum’s connectivity services are available to rural Tangipahoa Parish families and small businesses that have lacked access to high-speed internet for too long.”
Spectrum also was a day one participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which makes quality, high-speed internet service available at a low — or even at no — cost to eligible families in financial need. All Spectrum Internet plans are eligible for ACP credits, and because customers are not locked into a contract, families can always choose the right broadband plan to meet their changing needs.
Along with multiple broadband options, Spectrum services now available also include Spectrum Mobile™ and Spectrum TV®. Spectrum Mobile is the nation’s fastest-growing mobile provider** and combines with Spectrum Internet and Advanced Home WiFi to provide seamless connectivity inside and outside the home. Spectrum Mobile provides customers access to nationwide 5G at great value, with Unlimited lines starting at $29.99 a month, as well as By the Gig options.
Spectrum TV offers more than 200 HD channels and access to 85,000 On Demand movies and shows. Using the Spectrum TV App — the highest-rated pay TV streaming app in the U.S.*** — viewers can stream content across a growing number of platforms, including iOS and Android mobile devices, Xbox One, Kindle Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, XUMO TVs and PCs.
Local residents and business owners should visit spectrumruralexpansion.com to learn more about when their home or business may be able to receive Spectrum services.
* Based on December 2022 FCC Broadband Data Collection locations.
** Based on year end 2022 subscriber data among top 3 carriers.
*** iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) average ratings as of August 1, 2023. Apps must have at least 150k reviews through combination of iOS & Android store reviews as of August 1, 2023.