Press Release

Bishop, Ga. — Spectrum representatives joined elected officials and community members to commemorate Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services now available to homes, small businesses and county facilities including Oconee County Animal Services, in Oconee County, Georgia. Spectrum’s fiber-optic network construction occurring in Oconee County is the result of the federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a partnership with Oconee County and Spectrum investment that will ultimately bring broadband access to more than 3,100 homes and small businesses. 

“Helping small businesses grow has always been a priority for me — and access to dependable internet has been a hurdle for many. It’s also a significant challenge for students needing to connect to the internet to complete schoolwork,” said state Rep. Houston Gaines. “Thanks to Spectrum’s high-speed internet expansion thousands of Oconee County residents, small businesses, students, and homeowners who previously lacked access will now have high-speed internet connection.”

To date, Spectrum has extended its network more than 288 miles, expanding broadband connectivity to more than 2,900 residents and small businesses in Oconee County, unlocking education, healthcare and other economic development opportunities.  

“There are many rural Oconee County residents that have been disadvantaged without access to reliable, high-speed internet at home,” said Commissioner John Daniell. “Today, we’re celebrating a change – one that brings connectivity and opportunity to the doorsteps of our most rural community members thanks to Spectrum’s partnership with the county to expand its broadband network here.”

Once buildout is complete, the entire suite of Spectrum Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services will be available to more than 3,100 homes and small businesses in the county.

“Our employees are bringing a vital service to Oconee County,” said Jamie Bellemare, Spectrum Area Vice President. “We remain committed to rural expansion and are providing these communities superior connectivity at highly competitive prices, backed by a team of skilled local technicians.”

Connecting Pets to Owners

Oconee County Animal Services fell within Spectrum’s network expansion area and has been connected as a result of Spectrum’s partnership with the County. With high-speed broadband, pet adoptions can be expedited, and lost pets are more quickly reunited with their families. 

“Access to Spectrum’s fast and reliable broadband network has definitely streamlined workflows and significantly improved productivity for all of our processes in each database we utilize,” said Crystal Berisko, Oconee County Animal Services Manager. “The difference is night and day – ultimately, it’s benefitting area residents that want to adopt a pet and is helping lost pets find their way home.”

As part of the broadband celebration during National Pet ID Week, Spectrum made a $1,000 donation to the Friends of the Oconee County Animal Shelter. The money will be used towards the shelter’s microchipping program.  

Broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps, Money-Saving Mobile Options and 85,000 Free 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.

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.

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 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 270 HD channels and access to 85,000 free 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 Xumo Stream Box, Xumo TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Kindle Fire, Xbox, Windows, macOS and Chromecast.

* Based on December 2022 FCC Broadband Data Collection locations.

** Based on Q4 2023 subscriber data among top 3 carriers.

*** iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) average ratings as of Feb. 1, 2024. Apps must have at least 150k reviews through combination of iOS & Android store reviews as of Feb. 1, 2024.

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