Atlantic Broadband eyes fiber broadband expansion in New Hampshire, West Virginia

Dec. 6, 2021
The new fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure should begin serving customers early in 2022.

Cable broadband service provider Atlantic Broadband says it will spend $82 million to expand its fiber broadband footprint, with a focus (at least initially) on entering New Hampshire and West Virginia. The new fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure should begin serving customers early in 2022.

The company says it has secured franchise agreements with the cities of Concord, Dover, and Somersworth and the towns of Durham and Madbury in New Hampshire. In West Virginia, Atlantic Broadband says it has similar agreements in place with the cities of Westover and Morgantown and the towns of Granville and Star City. The FTTH network will support the delivery of gigabit broadband, voice, and IPTV. For business customers, Atlantic Broadband will offer up to 10-Gbps internet, hosted voice, 4G backup, and advanced fiber services such as dedicated internet access and point-to-point.

“We are grateful to the communities that have received our franchise applications with such enthusiasm, as consumers in these locations will soon have a new choice in providers,” said Frank van der Post, president of Atlantic Broadband.  “We look forward to serving these communities by delivering superfast internet, cloud-based TV, and a phenomenal customer experience as we pursue our high-growth plans.”

Atlantic Broadband is the eighth-largest cable MSO in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA). The expansion plans come on the heels of the company’s acquisition in September of the cable systems of Wide Open West (WOW!) in Cleveland and Columbus, OH (see "WOW! to sell service areas to Atlantic Broadband, Astound Broadband"). The additions of New Hampshire and West Virginia will bring the number of states in which the company operates to 12: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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