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Broadband Pardeeville (copy)

Bryan Schultz, systems technician for Charter Communications, installs the cover on one of the 80 amplifiers installed in Pardeeville for broadband internet service May 24.

Faster internet is on the way.

Charter Communications announced the launch of a faster minimum internet speed of 200 megabits per second in the south-central Wisconsin area at no additional cost to the company’s customers. That includes anybody in and around Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Portage, Reedsburg, Lake Delton, Rock Springs — basically anywhere in the region that falls in the Madison television market — that already has Charter internet.

Those living outside city limits have access too, as long as they have Charter.

The same services will not come to the Beaver Dam area, on the border between the Madison and Milwaukee TV markets, quite yet, though they are expected.

Residents and businesses also have access to the Internet Gig packages, with speeds of up to one gigabyte per second. The Gig packages will come at an additional cost and the residential version will be available to almost every Spectrum customer across the country by the end of the year.

“If a reader in the areas had Charter, they can receive the new offers,” said Kimberley Noetzel, a spokeswoman for Charter. “If they had Charter today they can receive the offerings today.”

For a resident, the cost for a new customer is about $105 per month, while the business version is around $250 per month.

Some Spectrum users will need a new modem to receive the faster minimum speeds. The company will contact such customers within the next two months and provide the new modem at no charge.

“Spectrum’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network allows us to deploy dramatically faster broadband speeds, including gigabit connections, broadly and rapidly,” said Tom Rutledge, the CEO of Charter, in a statement. “As consumer demands for bandwidth and capacity grow, our world-class network is best-positioned to meet these demands, today and into the future.”

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