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Company bringing internet to Lamar

November 29, 2018

LAMAR, S.C.— Charter Communications Inc. announced Tuesday that it will start a $1 million construction project to provide the town of Lamar with broadband internet.

Charter Communications is a leading broadband communications company and the second-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV, programming, Spectrum Internet and Spectrum Voice, as well as commercial services.

The announcement came at a news conference in the Lamar Library. Ben Breazeale, senior director of government affairs for Charter Communications, said the company is shooting for a late spring 2019 launch for both commercial and residential internet access.

“Internet is obviously a necessity, it’s not a luxury anymore,” Breazeale said. “Rural communities all over our country are struggling to try to retain young people and internet is a must. Access to our communications systems is a must for our youth.”

In addition to the regular broadband product, the company will also provide “Spectrum Internet Assist,” which is a program that allows households to get internet with speeds of 30 megabites per second at $14.99 available to any home with a child who has free or reduced-priced school lunch or any home where there is a senior citizen with supplemental Social Security income.

“Not only is it important for companies to build the infrastructure to give them the access, affordability is also important,” Breazeale said. “Those in town who need a fast connection will be able to afford a fast connection.”

Breazeale said the town of Lamar has a lot to offer the economy of South Carolina as it is just a short drive off I-95.

Breazeale said Spectrum will have several other announcements in the early part of 2019.

As part of the announcement, the company donated three new IPads to the Lamar Library and presented a $5,000 check to the Lamar Rescue Squad.

Frontier Communications is the only current broadband provider for the town of Lamar, officials said.

Spectrum is a brand of Charter Communications, which was launched in 2014 and used to market consumer cable television, Internet, and telephone provided by the company, and formerly provided by Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which Charter Communications acquired in May 2016.

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