DAGSBORO, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mediacom Communications announced completion of construction to bring ultra-high-speed broadband to underserved areas of southern Sussex County. More than 1,500 homes and businesses in the south-central section of the county now have access to broadband download speeds as fast as 2-gigabits-per-second.
Mediacom was awarded one of three grants through the inaugural round of the Delaware Broadband Infrastructure program for the Sussex County project. Construction of the 155-mile fiber build began in July 2022 and was completed ahead of schedule. A total investment of more than $11 million was put into this public-private partnership to extend broadband access for underserved Delaware residents.
Residents and businesses in an area that extends north to south from Georgetown to Gumboro and east to west from Dagsboro to Laurel can now access a variety of service offerings including broadband plans with 2-gigabits-per-second download speeds as well as low-cost phone plans. Mediacom also offers Connect2Compete-Plus (C2C+) for low-income households and participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). A public open house was held earlier this year to introduce Mediacom’s range of services to the Sussex County community.
“Our goal is to have Delaware be the first state in the country to connect every home and business to high-speed internet within the next few years. If there is any state that can connect every home and business, it ought to be Delaware,” said Governor John Carney. “Every family deserves high-quality internet for school, work, and entertainment. I want to thank the members of our federal delegation and the Biden Administration for providing this funding. And I want to thank Mediacom, and our other internet service providers, for making these connections in communities throughout our state. It’s really making a difference for Delawareans.”
“Mediacom excels at providing broadband to rural communities and is thankful for the opportunity provided by the Delaware Broadband Initiative to reach even more homes and businesses in Sussex County,” said Marcus Simmons, Area Director of Operations for Mediacom. “We applaud Delaware’s commitment to closing the digital divide and are thrilled to assist the state in reaching its goal of being the first to connect every residence and business to broadband.”
About Mediacom Communications
Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video and phone services to over 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states. The company delivers scalable broadband solutions to commercial and public-sector customers of all sizes through Mediacom Business and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at mediacomcable.com.