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Shentel Brings 50 Mbps Internet Speed to Rural Communities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland

Posted 12 March 2013 12:00 AM by Shentel

Edinburg, Va. – March 12, 2013  – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ: SHEN), a leading provider of telecommunications services for parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, today announced the launch of a new 50 Mbps option for its broadband customers, raising access to the same level of communication services found in more urban areas.

Shentel started offering the new service, which features an incredibly high-speed Internet connection, in late January. Prior to this, the highest speed offered to customers was 25 Mbps. The new speed will be available to most of Shentel’s customers.

Shentel is promoting both the benefits and availability of 50 Mbps high-speed Internet to current and potential customers in an effort to break down the barriers of distance and time created by geographic challenges. Higher Internet speeds feed the broadband needs of a rural population that wants to download high definition (HD) movies, stream video content and use multiple Internet-enabled devices simultaneously.

“Providing an even faster high-speed Internet option for Shentel customers is another example of our commitment to offer high quality products and services that will enrich the lives of our customers, many of whom live in rural communities,” said Willy Pirtle, VP of sales and marketing. “Our consumers now have a new option for high-speed access to their favorite online hobbies and activities.”

This latest product roll out is another example of major investments in technology made by the Edinburg, Va.-based telecommunications company. Since 2009, Shentel has invested $60 million in upgrades to acquired cable networks to bring all of its customers the most current technology, the fastest Internet, the clearest phone service and the best in HD television. This includes the ongoing $9 million capital investment in McDowell County, W.Va., to replace the current cable network with its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technology, a project which has garnered high praise from the governor of West Virginia.

For more information about the latest cable offerings from Shentel, please visit, or call 1-800-SHENTEL (1-800-743-6835).

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company ( is a holding company that provides a broad range of telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries. The Company is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SHEN." The Company's operating subsidiaries provide local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring, and telecommunications equipment, along with many other associated solutions in the mid-Atlantic United States.

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