Charter Has $3.5B Plan For Massive Upgrades

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St. Louis-As part of its massive $3.5 billion network-upgrade program, Charter Communications Inc. said it will build more than 500 new master headend, primary and secondary hub structures throughout its nationwide service areas.

According to Charter, the new buildings will serve as electronic "nerve centers" for its network, and they will house the technology to deliver digital TV, Internet access, video-on-demand and other broadband services.

The effort is a part of Charter's initiative to implement a master headend-to-hub distribution plan and to reduce its number of headends and distribution sites from about 1,250 to less than 500.

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