Time Warner Cable Business Class has broadened the reach of its fiber-optic network in North Carolina in order to offer schools systems a gigabit-per-second service.

“We are very pleased to work with local school systems across North Carolina, making significant investments that ensure these institutions have the infrastructure to successfully prepare students for their technology needs,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, president of Time Warner Cable Business Class’ East Region. “ Our fiber-optic network provides dedicated Internet access at incredible speeds and high-bandwidth capabilities to serve the communications needs of these schools across North Carolina.”

TWCBC is the largest school data provider in North Carolina, serving 25 school systems across the state. With Time Warner Cable Business Class’ $7 million investment, 16 of those systems, and more than 717 schools, are now able to tap into the gigabit speeds.

The same high-bandwidth network also has the capacity to provide voice, Ethernet, TV and video transport services. TWCBC said the expansion would extend the network to provide these same services to the school systems throughout North Carolina.

The following school districts are providing their schools with Time Warner Cable Business Class gigabit speeds: Alamance Burlington; Anson Co Schools; Cabarrus County Schools; Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Cumberland Co; Durham; Gaston; Granville; Guilford; Kannapolis City Schools; Lexington City Schools; Mount Airy; Randolph Co Schools; Richmond County Schools; Robeson; Rockingham Co Schools; Rowan Salisbury Schools; Stokes County Schools; Wake Co School; Wayne County Schools; and Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co.

Time Warner Cable has worked diligently to upgrade its network in North Carolina in order to offer more advanced services to its residential and business customers. In November, Time Warner Cable opened the doors on its first national data center in Charlotte, which enabled it to consolidate its video sourcing and infrastructure for data, cloud and phone services and its internal enterprise system.

Time Warner Cable’s business services revenue grew 26 percent to $515 million in the fourth quarter and 29 percent to $1.9 billion for the year. Overall, Time Warner Cable added more than 1,500 new employees to its business services headcount, which was a 35 percent increase, and nearly doubled the number of commercial buildings that were connected to its fiber.