A lucky 1 million residents in underserved areas will soon have a better option for internet, TV, home phone, and mobile by 2028 with Charter Spectrum.
Charter Spectrum announced its new service expansion in these areas as part of an effort by the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund or RDOF. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is a Federal Communications Commission or FCC initiative to bridge the digital divide in the United States by funding additional high-speed broadband networks in underserved and unserved areas.
The FCC defines high-speed broadband internet as an internet service with minimum download speeds of 25 Mbps and minimum upload speeds of 3 Mbps. A shocking 23% of people in the US do not have access to any wired internet connection according to the most recent 2019 census data. In addition to that, the FCC estimates that nearly one-fourth of those living in rural areas does not have access to basic high-speed broadband service.
What Locations Are Included In The RDOF Spectrum Build Out?
Charter Spectrum has planned Rural Digital Opportunity Fund build-outs scheduled for unserved and underserved homes and businesses 24 states in:
Unfortunately, coverage will not include all residents residing in these states. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund build-out is specifically for residents who require high-speed broadband internet with little to no other options. To find out if you’re one of the estimated one million lucky residents included in this build-out, you can check your address with Spectrum and sign up for updates and they’ll let you know when or if Spectrum service is officially available at your address.
Keep checking back for more program information and construction updates as it’s released. Spectrum announced that their customer service team will not have any additional information other than what is publically available.
What Spectrum Services Will Be Available?
All the new locations that are a part of this RDOF buildout with Charter Spectrum will be able to receive Spectrum Internet, Spectrum TV, Spectrum Voice, and Spectrum Mobile. More details on the services will come available when construction is fully completed and available to be ordered.
How Fast Will Spectrum Internet Be In These Areas?
Spectrum internet with speeds up to a minimum of 100 Mbps, but 85% of current Spectrum internet subscribers can access internet speeds of 200 Mbps and 1 Gbps.
When Will Internet Be Available For Installation?
This RDOF project with Charter Spectrum is a multi-year project with no estimated order dates until the project is near completion. Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as late 2021 in some states and the entire project is estimated to be completed by early 2028. Most residents included in the build-out can expect to be able to order service sometime in 2028. We recommend checking to see if your address is included in the coverage expansion and set up notifications so you can stay informed.