Sep. 24, 2014

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Bryan-College Station to Be First Texas “GigaSpeed” Community

Suddenlink Announces Ultra-High-Speed Internet for 2015

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (September 22, 2014) – Bryan-College Station area residents and businesses will have access to ultra-high-speed Internet of up to 1 Gigabit per second from Suddenlink by mid-2015, making The Research Valley the first Suddenlink market in Texas – and among the first nationally — with community-wide “GigaSpeed” connectivity.

Monday’s joint announcement from the Research Valley Technology Council, the cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas A&M University and Suddenlink, culminates more than a year of work to ensure the region has the best high-speed data services on the market.

“Today’s announcement is a big, big win for our community,” Research Valley Technology Council Chairman James Benham said. “We didn’t wait for something to happen — we made it happen through a proactive, competitive process. This puts us among the top metros in the country for high-speed Internet service.

“Plain and simple,” Benham said, “if your success relies on ultra-high-speed connectivity, Bryan-College Station just became your best option in Texas.”

Suddenlink’s recent announcement of “Operation GigaSpeed” — a three-year, almost quarter-billion dollar investment program, above and beyond its other capital improvements — spurred local leaders to ensure Bryan-College Station would be the first market area rolled out.

“Bryan-College Station is one of the largest communities we serve, and it’s a particular pleasure for us to announce that it will be the first in Texas to get Suddenlink’s 1 Gigabit service,” said Suddenlink Southwest Region Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Gilles.  “What’s more, we’ll be making this great new service available to all customers in Bryan-College Station, not just to a few chosen neighborhoods.”

“We couldn’t be happier about Suddenlink’s decision,” Research Valley Partnership Chairman John Clark said. “As home of Texas A&M, forgive us if we give the service an Aggie spin; let’s call this GigemSpeed.”

What it means for consumers

Suddenlink, which now offers the fastest residential Internet service in the area, has begun work that will allow local customers to subscribe to a 500 Megabit service sometime early next year and then introduce its 1 Gigabit service in the summer.  The 1 Gigabit service will be approximately 10 times faster than the fastest service it now offers.

 About the RVTC

The Research Valley Technology Council was established in spring 2013 as a committee of the Research Valley Partnership.  The RVTC is funded through the generous support of the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County, The Brazos Valley Council of Governments, and Texas A&M University.  The RVTC’s mission is to champion and facilitate private sector investment in ultra-high-speed bandwidth as critical economic development infrastructure in The Research Valley.

About Suddenlink

Suddenlink (suddenlink.com) is the seventh largest cable operator in the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment demands of approximately 1.4 million residential and commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers’ lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone and other services.

 For more information:

 James Benham, Chairman, Research Valley Technology Council

979.473.9040 or jbenham@cstx.gov

Skip Ogle, Director, Government Relations, Suddenlink

 903.245.9366 or skip.ogle@suddenlink.com

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