Company Profile

Learn about Charter and its business units.

About Charter

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 28 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 98,000 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.


First cable systems are founded


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


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


Warner Communications forms Warner Cable


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


Newhouse adds Vision Cable to cable assets


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


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


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


Time Warner Entertainment and Advance/Newhouse form cable partnership


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


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


Charter earns spot on Fortune 500


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


Time Warner Cable begins trading publicly on the NYSE


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

Time Warner Cable separates from Time Warner Inc.


Thomas M. Rutledge is appointed President & CEO of Charter


Charter gains Liberty Media as an investor and announces Spectrum brand


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

Quality Products and Services

Superior, 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 Mobile offers the best network, the best devices, and the best value. Built on America’s largest, most reliable LTE cellular network and combined with a nationwide network of Spectrum WiFi hotspots, Spectrum Mobile is designed to provide customers the highest quality experience and save them money. Spectrum Mobile is a smarter network, designed for the way mobile devices are used today, and the way they will be used tomorrow.​
  • 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 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.

Connecting with Communities

Charter is committed to improving communities and impacting lives where our customers and employees live and work.

Through our national philanthropic initiative, Spectrum Housing Assist, Charter partners with nonprofit organizations to make homes safer and healthier. We engage employees and community volunteers in order to facilitate these crucial home repairs, with the goal of improving 50,000 homes by the year 2020.

To learn more about Spectrum Housing Assist and our other philanthropic efforts, please visit