Internet provider Spectrum is working on a fiber-optic network expansion project that will employ over 2,000 workers and contractors across the whole of the U.S.
The hiring is meant to assist the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and future rural buildout projects, including local network building workers in the state.
The project will offer gigabit internet and other Spectrum services to over 800 Madison County households and small businesses.
Dwight Buchanon, Vice President, Construction FO Rural Build said: “Broadband is a vital resource for work, learning, and personal connection.”
Buchanon said: “Leveraging resources won in the RDOF auction, we’re building a high-speed, high-capacity network that will bring gigabit internet to thousands of homes and small businesses in Madison County — an investment that will ensure families and businesses can participate fully in the digital world, now and well into the future.”
On June 6, 2022, the announcement was made at a groundbreaking ceremony in Richmond, Kentucky.
The expansion is part of Spectrum’s nearly $5 billion investment in unserved rural areas, which includes $1.2 billion won in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.
The company’s RDOF expansion will deliver internet connectivity to nearly 1 million client locations across 24 states in the future years.
Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor says the news is a significant step toward assisting residents of rural Madison County in reaching their full potential.
Taylor said: “Our goal is always to build a better Madison County and today’s groundbreaking is a great example of that. We’ve been working diligently and supporting Charter and other partners to expand internet access in our rural and unincorporated areas of Madison County.”
“Our goal is to bring quality and affordable broadband to every resident in Madison County. While this is just another step towards that goal, this expansion by Charter’s Spectrum Internet service will allow our residents in these areas to have access to high-speed Internet where they’ve not had it previously.”
Spectrum employs over 3,000 individuals in Kentucky, with employees earning at least $20 per hour, plus target commissions.
WHAT IS SPECTRUM?
Spectrum provides cable services to residential and commercial customers and also offers subscription-based video services
Where it is headquartered? The company is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
How many staff does it have? It currently has around 96,000 employees
What is its annual revenue? $35 Billion