First National Model Advancing Healthcare and Creating Job Opportunities in Rural California and Oregon Communities
Completion of new fiber optic loop provides network redundancy and enhances telemedicine capabilities at Sutter Coast Hospital
Crescent City, Calif. – January 22, 2014 – Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Oregon Health Network, an OCHIN Organization, today announced completion of a broadband fiber optic network—made possible by the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program—that brings advanced capabilities for video telemedicine, broadband Internet speeds and high definition television to customers in southern Oregon and Crescent City, Calif.
The completed fiber optic network is the final segment of an 87‐mile route from Grants Pass, Ore. to Crescent City, Calif. consisting of a 720GB circuit with capacity to service thousands of people across multiple cities. It brings high‐speed Internet, phone and high definition (HD) television service to numerous households and businesses, makes advanced telemedicine possible and creates opportunities for businesses such as call centers with heavy data applications. It also completes a redundant, fiber optic loop connecting southern Oregon and northern California, establishing a more reliable connection.
“The Sutter Coast project is an example of how bringing broadband Internet, phone and HD TV service to rural communities provides a way for businesses to expand and add jobs,” said Frank Antonovich, vice president and general manager for Charter in Oregon.
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