Kinetic, a unit of Windstream, says that it is expanding its fiber footprint in the Houston area by bringing 1 Gbps broadband, voice, and productivity and entertainment services to more than 70,000 previously unserved homes and businesses in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land.
Currently, about 15% of Sugar Land has access to 1 Gbps service. The project, which will begin later this year, will give Windstream a footprint extending over more than 90% of the homes and businesses in the area. Engineering is ongoing and construction crews are being staffed.
“Kinetic is a proud partner to the city and residents of Sugar Land, and we are dedicated to delivering fast broadband speed, at competitive rates with unmatched service,” Kinetic president Jeff Small said in a press release about the Kinetic fiber footprint expansion. “As this fiber is delivered, Sugar Land more than ever will be able to count on Kinetic for fast and reliable connections.”
Kinetic by Windstream is mounting a multiyear $2 billion initiative to upgrade gigabit services across its 18-state footprint. Last week, the company received authorization for much of the $523 million in won in RDOF funding that will support projects in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio.
September was a busy month for Kinetic. Early in the month, it said that it will bring fiber to 18,000 locations in Matthews, NC. The town is a suburb of Charlotte.
Kinetic also said that it is partnering with Vermeer Corp. in an expansion of its fiber buildout in Newton, IA. Windstream will provide 1 Gbps service to more than 4,400 residences and businesses by the end of this year and an additional 4,100 by late next summer. At that point, the company says about 99% of the city will be covered. In all, Windstream is targeting 48 communities throughout the state.
In yet another announcement, Windstream said it is embarking on a multi-year initiative to bring fiber to 90% of the homes and businesses in the Broken Arrow, OK area.