Charter Spectrum takes flight in more SoCal communities

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:01pm
Mike Robuck

Following a recent conversion to all digital, Charter Communications has launched its Charter Spectrum brand in more communities in Southern California.

The new digital services included a free speed upgrade from up to 30 Mbps on the downstream to 60 Mbps for most of the MSO’s subscribers in the area. Like other areas where the all-digital conversion projects have been completed, customers in the Southern California communities also gained access to more than 200 HD video channels and more VOD choices.

"Charter is committed to improving the customer experience," said Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge. "That starts by providing the best voice, TV and Internet services possible at the greatest value to our customers. Charter Spectrum represents the best of the best in our industry."

Charter started ramping up its all-digital effort after receiving a CableCard waiver from the Federal Communications Commission in order to use two-way, dual-security HD set-top boxes. Charter’s first major all-digital conversion took place in North Texas early last year followed by conversion projects in California, South Carolina, Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts and the former Bresnan systems. The all-digital project also got underway in Missouri and Southern Illinois earlier this year. 

Charter started work on the all-digital network in California a year ago with a project that focused on customers in Glendale, Burbank and Long Beach. The second phase of the plan started in March before wrapping up this month. Charter said dozens of additional communities across Southern California were converted to all digital in the second phase.

Charter said the all-digital project was part of a $271 million capital investment in its California footprint. In all, the company is investing more than $2 billion in its national network and plans to have all digital across its entire 29-state footprint by the end of this year.



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