PARKERSBURG -Frontier Communications has announced it is a year ahead of schedule to make broadband service available to at least 85 percent of households in West Virginia markets acquired from Verizon in July 2010.
Frontier reported in a recent filing with the West Virginia Public Service Commission that broadband service has become available to another 158,000 households in West Virginia since July 2010, raising to is 86.4 percent of the households in Frontier's newly acquired service areas, up from 62 percent in July 2010. At the time of the transaction, Frontier pledged to exceed 85 percent by 2014.
Frontier offers customers broadband, digital phone service, television, Frontier satellite broadband, customer premises equipment and Web security and data backup through the Frontier Secure suite of services.
"Frontier has followed a defined strategic plan since July 2010 to extend broadband service in West Virginia while enhancing broadband speeds and bandwidths to our existing customers," said Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager for Frontier in West Virginia. "We remain on course to keep our promise to make West Virginia one of the most connected states in the nation."
Frontier has taken broadband into more than 500 West Virginia communities, many with access to the Internet for the first time, when other providers have declined to serve smaller West Virginia communities, he said.
The commission report said Frontier made $108.9 million in capital investments last year in West Virginia, including broadband-related investments. The 2012 investments brought Frontier's capital investment in West Virginia since July 2010 to $292.2 million.
The company pledged in 2010 to invest $310 million in West Virginia through 2013. Frontier has strengthened its network since 2010 to allow enhanced broadband speeds in dozens of communities across the state, Waldo said. Depending on location, residential customers may have access to service of up to 25 megabits per second through Frontier's Broadband Ultra and Ultimate services.
Businesses may have access to service of up to 40 Mbps. Frontier also offers speeds up to 10 gigabits per second through its Ethernet platform. Frontier also has strengthened its middle-mile network to handle the increased speeds and capacity demanded by its new and existing customers.