Suddenlink Communications, a Missouri based MSO, announced availability of voice service to 75% of its footprint. Multichannel news reports that Suddenlink now has over 50K telephone subscribers. Suddenlink began its telephony endeavors in West Texas, but has now expanded voice services to communities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, and California. Suddenlink typically offers an unlimited local and long distance voice package for $39.95 when bundled with video and broadband.
This Suddenlink announcement demonstrates that cable companies of all sizes are venturing into voice. We often hear about the success of Cox, Comcast, or larger MSOs, but the Suddenlink’s of the cable world are just as motivated about the prospects of offering voice. Smaller independent cable companies will soon join the voice parade as well, bringing competition to many parts of the country that have yet to see it.