CountryWide Broadband To Acquire Full Channel

CountryWide Broadband today announced that, along with Seaport Capital of New York, the company has agreed to acquire Full Channel, a leading provider of broadband video entertainment, high-speed internet access, and telephone services to residents and businesses in Rhode Island’s East Bay, including the communities of Barrington, Warren and Bristol. Full Channel will continue to operate under the “Full Channel” name moving forward.

“We believe the East Bay presents tremendous opportunities to grow Full Channel’s business and services,” said Mike Whitaker, who will become General Manager of Full Channel upon its acquisition. “We look forward to providing Full Channel’s customers the same great local service they’ve grown to expect from Full Channel, as well as enhance our service offerings, such as dramatically increasing our internet access speeds in the near future.”

Over the past 35 years, Full Channel has evolved from an analog cable TV provider to become the operator of a high-speed, fiber-rich digital communications network. This network has been expanded and upgraded to provide high-bandwidth internet speeds, secure connectivity over a fiber-optic network, advanced streaming video entertainment and digital telephone services for homes and businesses.

“This acquisition is good news both for the local community and for our dedicated employees who’ve helped to make Full Channel what it is today,” said Linda Jane Maaia, Full Channel President and CEO. “I’m especially pleased to know my father’s creation will be in the hands of the tremendously experienced and innovative CountryWide Broadband team.”

Full Channel operates a fiber-rich network, currently offering up to 320 Mbps internet access. Once it has acquired Full Channel, CountryWide Broadband intends to increase its internet access speeds to provide initially up to 1 Gbps internet access.

CountryWide Broadband plans for current Full Channel employees to remain in their positions, and will add local positions as the company grows.

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