Charter Communications announced that it has expanded the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 and 1-Gig (downstream) broadband speeds to an additional 14 million homes in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Milwaukee.
The additions extend the reach of Charter’s D3.1 rollout and Spectrum Internet Gig service to about 23 million homes.
Charter plans to offer gigabit service to virtually all of its full 41-state footprint by the end of 2018.
Charter first introduced Spectrum Internet Gig to customers in Oahu, then added Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Honolulu; Kansas City, Mo; New York City; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio by the end of 2017.
In that early phase of the launch, Charter has been offering the new data cap-free offering, which pairs a downstream that maxes at 1 Gbps with an upstream up to 35 Mbps, for $104.99 per month to new customers. In markets such as Oahu, Charter has been offering it to existing customers with TV service for $114.99 per month, and $124.99 per month without the TV service bundle.
In D3.1-enabled markets, Charter has also been doubling its minimum downstream internet speeds (to 100 Mbps or 200 Mbps, depending on the market) at no added cost.
Charter ended 2017 with 49.82 million internet homes passed, and 22.54 million residential high-speed internet customers. Charter is scheduled to release Q1 2018 results on Friday morning (April 27).
“Spectrum’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network allows us to deploy dramatically faster broadband speeds, including gigabit connections, broadly and rapidly,” Tom Rutledge, Charter’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “As consumer demands for bandwidth and capacity grow, our world-class network is best-positioned to meet these demands, today and into the future.”
Charter also released this video about its deployment: