Company Profile

Learn about Charter and its business units.

About Charter

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Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) is America’s fastest growing TV, internet and voice company. We’re committed to integrating the highest quality service with superior entertainment and communications products. Charter is at the intersection of technology and entertainment, facilitating essential communications that connect more than 25 million residential and business customers in 41 states. Our commitment to serving customers and exceeding their expectations is the bedrock of Charter’s business strategy and it’s the philosophy that guides our 90,000 employees.

Company History

Charter is currently the second largest cable provider in the United States. The company has achieved growth through innovation and acquisitions of cable properties, most recently completing transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

The Charter name comes from the founding of Charter Communications, Inc. in 1993 and, while the company has grown and evolved on many levels over the past two decades, our roots take us all the way back to the early days of cable. What started as mom-and-pop businesses with cable strung from hilltops to homes in the late 1940s has evolved into the dynamic cable industry we know today.

1948

First cable systems are founded

1951

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association for the U.S. cable industry, is founded

1964

Newhouse begins operating cable systems with the purchase of its first system in Alabama, branding it NewChannels

1973

Warner Communications forms Warner Cable

1979

Newhouse forms second cable company, MetroVision, in partnership with former Cox executives

1981

Newhouse adds Vision Cable to cable assets

1989

Time Warner Inc. forms through merger of Warner Communications and Time Inc.

1992

Warner Cable and American Television & Communications (ATC) combine to form Time Warner Cable

1993

Charter Communications, Inc. is founded and acquisitions of cable systems across the country begin

1994

Time Warner Entertainment and Advance/Newhouse form cable partnership

1998

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen buys a controlling interest in Charter

1999

Charter begins trading publicly on the NASDAQ stock exchange under symbol CHTR

2001

Charter earns spot on Fortune 500

2003

Advance/Newhouse begins operating Bright House Networks with approximately 2.2 million customers in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana and Michigan

2007

Time Warner Cable begins trading publicly on the NYSE

2009

Charter completes financial restructuring under chapter 11, emerging as a stronger company under new equity ownership

Time Warner Cable separates from Time Warner Inc.

2012

Thomas M. Rutledge is appointed President & CEO of Charter

2013

Charter gains Liberty Media as an investor and announces Spectrum brand

2016

Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks combine to form larger, stronger Charter

Quality Products and Services

charter_employee_1Superior, reliable, consistent services that deliver value – that’s our focus. Over the years, Charter has invested billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, unleashing the power of an advanced, two-way, fully interactive fiber network. By moving to this all-digital network, today’s Charter customers enjoy the most HD TV channels, more On Demand choices and the fastest internet speeds.

Charter delivers a wide range of TV, internet and voice services to residential and business customers through the Spectrum brand.

  • Spectrum TV offers more HD than any other provider, DVR service and instant access to thousands of On Demand choices, many in HD. Watch live TV anywhere in the home or download movies and shows to go on mobile devices with the Spectrum TV App or take TV Everywhere with over 60 channel apps to watch on the go.
  • Spectrum Internet provides the fastest Internet speeds available starting at 60 Mbps (100 Mbps in some markets). With Spectrum Internet, customers can simultaneously stream videos, download music and more without sacrificing performance. Charter provides free modems and the fastest, most powerful in-home WiFi to do more on more devices. And because Charter doesn’t limit internet with data caps or extra fees, customers always have the freedom of unlimited internet service.
  • Spectrum Voice is a fully featured, reliable service with unlimited local and long-distance calling plans that include voicemail and other popular calling features like call waiting and call forwarding, plus free 411. Serving approximately 10 million voice customers, Charter is among the largest providers of residential phone service in the nation.
  • Spectrum Business helps small businesses achieve better results by delivering reliable Internet, Ethernet, voice and enhancement solutions. Spectrum Business customers enjoy a wide range of products – from high-quality broadband services to phone systems and top-tier digital TV and music – all flexible to meet the demands of growing businesses.
  • Spectrum Enterprise Solutions builds business-to-business solutions with a people-to-people focus, providing the bandwidth and support customers need to accelerate business. Charter’s largest customers enjoy enterprise-grade voice, video, data, network, cloud and managed services via a flexible and secure fiber-based network.
  • Spectrum Community Solutions provide customized, managed WiFi, TV and voice services to residential apartments and other multi-dwelling units via fiber connections. Spectrum Fiber WiFi delivers the fastest, most powerful connection with more bandwidth and no data caps.
  • Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter, offers traditional commercial advertising and new interactive solutions for the modern media landscape. Spectrum Reach offers promotional solutions through national cable networks, internet advertising, mobile marketing and events supported by marketing, research and creative services teams.

Commitment to the Community

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Charter employees are passionate about giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

Charter our Community is Charter’s national philanthropic initiative, providing education, resources and financial support to ensure more Americans are able to live in safe and healthy homes, with a goal of improving 25,000 unsafe and unhealthy homes across our service footprint by 2020. Chart our progress – and join us – on this exciting journey by visiting the Charter our Community website to see how our employees are improving communities and impacting lives.

 

Charter recognizes the central role broadband plays in our daily lives and the economic challenges faced by many Americans; as such, the company plans to launch an industry-leading broadband service for low-income customers. Charter’s industry-leading broadband offering will provide substantial benefits for underserved low-income families and senior citizens by delivering fast speeds that exceed the FCC’s definition of high-speed broadband, and more than triple the fastest speed currently offered by comparable programs.