Windstream to expand Georgia network

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) has announced plans to upgrade its fiber-optic network and other assets in Georgia. The company says it plans to spend $38 million this year for the enhancements.

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) has announced plans to upgrade its fiber-optic network and other assets in Georgia. The company says it plans to spend $38 million this year for the enhancements.

The service provider says the enhancements will enable faster speeds, better reliability, and "future-proofing" of its core network assets. Windstream says the investment, which will include software upgrades, will come on top of the more than $80 million it has spent on its Georgia infrastructure since 2014.

According to Windstream, those recent investments have enabled:

  • ~620,000 Georgia households serviceable by Windstream High Speed Internet
  • ~93% of Georgia customers served by fiber-backed infrastructure
  • ~75% of households in Georgia serviceable by 10 Mbps or greater, a figure that Windstream expects will reach 84% by the end of this year.

In addition, almost 20% of customers in the state have access to 100-Mbps broadband, Windstream says.

"Windstream's commitment to Georgia has never been stronger," said Sarah Day, president of consumer and small business for Windstream. "We have accomplished a lot in the past several years, but we are not satisfied to stop here. Our work will continue in 2016 to deliver faster, more reliable connections to residents and small businesses."

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