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Regional operator Comporium has completed its previously announced purchase of Chesnee Communications from Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation of West Jefferson, NC., adding 3,400 customers to its base, the company announced today.

The initial plan is for Chesnee to retain its company name and all of its employees, though its customers should notice an upgrade in the network and service that the new owner plans. According to Comporium, some of those improvements will be available in 2022.

Headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., Comporium labels itself the nation’s 13th largest telecom provider, with a service area of 4,160 square miles and over 134,000 customers prior to the acquisition. The 125-year-old company has more than 1,000 employees and provides broadband, TV, voice, wireless, smart home systems, and advertising services.

Additional ventures include companies providing business solutions, data storage and managed services, digital signage and smart devices, and connected home services. The company currently operates in both North and South Carolina.

“We are pleased to be able to add Chesnee and its customers to the Comporium family of companies,” said Bryant Barnes, Comporium president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “Comporium has worked closely with Chesnee and its owners for decades on business ventures, state legislative issues, and regulatory matters. We look forward to continuing their rich tradition of providing quality services to the greater Chesnee community.”

Comporium has been expanding this year. In January, the company unveiled plans to work with York Electric Cooperative to make gigabit fiber available to approximately 5,000 YEC members in western York and parts of Cherokee county. Comporium was to be the service provider and was also offering streaming video, voice, home automation and security services.

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