Shentel Acquiring Big Sandy Broadband
Posted 28 February 2019 12:00 AM by Shentel
Shentel has announced an agreement to purchase Big Sandy Broadband. Big Sandy Broadband is a cable television, broadband Internet and phone provider to homes and businesses located in eastern Kentucky.
“We are pleased to be able to expand our Cable operations into Kentucky,” said Dave Heimbach, Chief Operating Officer at Shentel. “Big Sandy has been family-owned for nearly 60 years. We appreciate those strong roots. Shentel was founded in 1902, and has a long history of serving rural areas like Floyd and Johnson counties.”
The purchase will include all assets of Big Sandy Broadband along with current customers. Employees of Big Sandy have been offered jobs with Shentel. The integration is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2019. Until that time, Big Sandy customers will continue to pay bills and contact the Big Sandy customer service center for service related questions. Information related to the full transition to Shentel services will be available in the coming months.
Shentel provides cable television, broadband Internet, and voice services through its high-speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Shentel is also an affiliate of Sprint with wireless coverage in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Shentel also provides fiber services to commercial and wholesale customers along its 5,641-mile fiber network across four states.
Big Sandy Broadband will add approximately 4,700 revenue generating units (RGUs) to Shentel’s cable segment, including more than 2,200 broadband RGUs. The Big Sandy system is adjacent to existing Shentel cable markets in West Virginia, and it is part of the Charleston DMA.