Charter Communications Acquires Optimum West, Takes Over Cable TV Service
July 8, 2013
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Charter Communications, one of the nation’s largest and widest reaching cable television providers, has become even bigger after acquiring Optimum West, a cable provider covering more than 375,000 customers in Montana, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Charter will continue service to existing customers while expanding service offering high speed internet, digital cable television, and digital phone services.
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The recent business change explains why local cable customers in recent days find themselves listening to a company spokeswoman on channel 999 when they turn on their televisions. The $1.625 billion purchase was announced in early February.
“With the completion of our acquisition of Optimum West, Charter welcomes new customers, new employees and new communities,” Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge said in a release. “These former Bresnan properties, which under (Cablevision Systems Corp.’s) leadership became some of the fastest growing cable properties in the United States, are an ideal fit for Charter, and we anticipate a smooth and efficient integration process.”
Charter Communications hopes that customers embrace the new company service as the transition should be a smooth one. Charter Communications also will improve service to existing customers by offering the fastest internet in the business for the price range, at 30 Mbps per second, ten times faster than standard DSL internet and five times faster than cable internet competitors.
Charter will be beginning a huge marketing push in Montana, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming later this summer to reach new customers in the recently added service areas. Optimum West installers will be trained on Charter’s procedures and equipment and retain their routes within the service areas.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.