Charter Launches Fastest Residential Internet Service
St. Louis the First to Experience 60 Mbps Speed, 20 Mbps Coming Soon Nationwide
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced the launch
of 60 Mbps Internet service, the fastest residential service available
from any multiple system cable and telecom provider. The initial
deployment of Charter High-Speed Internet Ultra60 is in the St.
Louis metropolitan area, with additional markets to follow. Nationwide,
the Company will soon boost Charter High- Speed® Internet Max
from 16 Mbps to 20 Mbps.
“Not only are we delivering the fastest speed today, but our
infrastructure has the capacity to support even higher speeds as demand
and usage grow,” said Ted Schremp, Charter’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“Charter’s ability to provide increasingly greater bandwidth is critical
to our customers’ use and enjoyment of the Internet and delivers greater
value. It also highlights our growing superiority over DSL service.”
Charter High-Speed Internet Ultra60 not only enables a customer
to download a 4 gigabyte movie approximately 40 times faster than with
DSL, but also enables users to multitask more effectively. Users can
access multiple stream sources simultaneously to download music, watch a
movie trailer, catch up on e-mail or surf the Internet on one screen.
With 20 Mbps speed, a 2.5 minute movie trailer downloads in just 4
seconds. It takes several minutes with dial-up and DSL.
“Speed and reliability are what consumers value most, and we offer the
fastest and most reliable1 speed,” said Marwan Fawaz,
Charter’s Chief Technology Officer. “In addition to select Ultra60
deployments, we’re increasing our 16 Mbps service to 20 Mbps nationwide
so our customers can take greater advantage of rapidly growing
interactive applications available on the Internet and to help
telecommuting workers become even more productive.” The upgrade to 20
Mbps will be automatic for Charter High-Speed Internet Max
customers at no additional cost.
As with all Charter high-speed services, Charter High-Speed Internet
Ultra60 is ultra safe with Charter Security Suite™ for PC
protection, which has the fastest response to new virus threats and best
virus detection, at no additional cost. Charter offers additional
value-added enhancements including wireless home networking.
Charter is using DOCSIS 3.0 technology for Charter High-Speed
Internet Ultra60 launches, which also serves as the foundation to
offer even faster connections in the future.
1 comScore, Inc., Throughput Report, July-September 2008.
Faster claim based on a comparison to internet download speeds averaged
across all of AT&T/BellSouth, Qwest and Verizon's broadband internet
offerings by providers in areas serviced by Charter. Reliable speed
claim based on comparison of the difference between average observed
broadband download speed versus AT&T/BellSouth, Qwest and Verizon's
advertised broadband download speed weighted across all of a provider's
broadband internet offerings in areas serviced by Charter.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications
company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the
United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband
services, including Charter Digital Cable® video entertainment
programming, Charter High-Speed® Internet access, and Charter
Telephone®. Charter Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and
cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business
organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data
networking, video and music entertainment services, and business
telephone. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold
under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be
found at www.charter.com.
Source: Charter Communications, Inc.
Charter Communications, Inc. Media: Anita
Lamont, 314-543-2215 or Investors: Mary
Jo Moehle, 314-543-2397