Suddenlink Drive Nets More Than 34 Tons of Food

The sixth annual Suddenlink-sponsored “Connecting to Those in Need” fall food drive to help stock shelves of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana concluded last week with more than 34 tons of non-perishable food items collected during the six-week campaign. Since its inception in 2007, “Connecting to Those in Need” has collected the equivalent of nearly 114 tons of food, counting both actual food donations plus monetary gifts. Names of contributors who received campaign prizes this year were announced on KALB-TV.

Suddenlink employees in Alexandria, Pineville, Leesville, Many, Natchitoches and Winnfield, La., volunteered during this year’s drive.

Central Louisiana Food Drive Extended to Dec. 12

Suddenlink’s sixth annual “Connecting to Those in Need” fall food drive to help stock shelves of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana has been extended until December 12. 

“The extension will help us better respond to a growing community need and draw attention to The Food Bank’s upcoming telethon,” said Suddenlink Community Ambassador Tony Cifelli.

See this KALB-TV report for details.

Suddenlink Food Drive Begins in Central Louisiana

Through Nov. 27, Suddenlink employees in Alexandria, Pineville, Leesville, Many, Natchitoches and Winnfield, La., are again sponsoring the award-winning “Connecting to Those in Need” food drive campaign to help stock shelves at the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Last year’s drive produced 36 tons of nonperishable food items.  The goal for this year is 40 tons. Drop-off sites can be found in this KALB-TV report.

New Show Features Alexandria, La., Pawn Shop

A pawn shop in Suddenlink-served Alexandria, La., will be the setting for a new reality show on the History Channel. Silver Dollar Pawn and Jewelry, said to be one of the largest pawn shops in the South, will be featured on “Cajun Pawn Stars,” a spinoff of the network’s hit show “Pawn Stars.”

The 30-minute show premieres this Sunday, Jan. 8. Fourteen episodes have been ordered.

History Channel is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Food Bank Collection Tips Scale at 32 Tons

Suddenlink employees in the Alexandria, La., area teamed up for their fifth annual “Connecting to Those in Need” fall food drive to help stock shelves at The Food Bank of Central Louisiana. The six-week campaign surpassed organizers’ ambitious 30-ton goal, setting a new, single-campaign record. Since 2007, “Connecting to Those in Need” has generated nearly 80 tons of food or equivalent monetary donations.

New Store Opens in Alexandria, La., Mall

Alexandria, La., Mayor Jacques Roy joined Suddenlink executives and Chamber of Commerce officials for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Suddenlink’s new Alexandria Mall store. A customer appreciation event followed, featuring refreshments, entertainment and prize giveaways.The store is outfitted with bright green and blue décor, and provides customers a hands-on experience with interactive displays demonstrating Suddenlink services. In addition, the store features no counters to separate Suddenlink salespeople from customers, allowing more personal interaction.

Suddenlink’s office on Donahue Ferry Road in nearby Pineville remains open.

Since last September, Suddenlink has unveiled new or renovated stores in Arkadelphia, Jonesboro, El Dorado, and Russellville, Ark.; Natchitoches and Ruston, La.; Branson, Mo.; and Conroe, Texas.

Alexandria, Pineville Get New HD Channels

Suddenlink today launched more high-definition (HD) TV channels in Alexandria and Pineville, La. The new HD channels include: Fox Soccer HD, Fuel HD, G4 HD, Fuse HD, Game Show Network HD, Independent Film Channel (IFC) HD, Biography Channel HD, H2 HD, BBC America HD, Planet Green HD, The Science Channel HD, Investigation Discovery HD, Fox Business Network HD, OWN HD, Oxygen HD, WE tv HD, The Hub HD, Disney XD HD, HSN HD, HBO 2 HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO Latino HD, TMC HD and Starz Comedy HD.

HDTV offers a widescreen format, similar to a movie theater, with distinctly sharper images and better sound quality than standard TV.

The noted channel additions are part of Project Imagine. We will continue to announce launches of new and enhanced services as they are confirmed.

Suddenlink Initiative Wins Two Beacon Awards

Suddenlink’s “Connecting to Those in Need” food drive initiative captured two 2011 Beacon Awards, which honor excellence in cable communications and public affairs.

Our Alexandria, La., team’s program won in the Best of the Best Small System Communications Efforts category for like-sized cable systems. It also took the top prize in the Community Relations category, again among similar-sized cable systems. Since its inception in 2007, the initiative has collected tons of food contributions for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Previously, the community service program won consecutive Top Operators Awards from CableFAX: The Magazine, a major industry trade publication.

Beacon Awards are presented by the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC). Winners were honored at the ACC’s annual conference this week in New York City.

Jonesboro, Ark., Team Captures Top Ops Award

For the third year in a row, CableFAX: The Magazine, a major industry trade publication, has awarded Suddenlink a Top Operators Award for a cable system community service program. Suddenlink’s Jonesboro, Ark., operation won for its eCycling program. It’s “Green Team” collects small electronic equipment items for environmentally safe disposal. Since launching in 2009, the recycling program has collected more than 40 tons of used electronic gear.

Previously, Suddenlink’s Alexandria, La., system received back-to-back awards for community service in recognition of its “Connecting to Those in Need” food drive for central Louisiana residents.

MAX 107.0 and MAX 50.0 Service Widens

Today residential customers in Bossier City (including Barksdale Air Force Base), Haughton, Lake Charles and Sulphur, La., and Nixa and Ozark, Mo., can get Suddenlink’s High Speed Internet MAX 107.0 service. MAX 107.0 features a download speed up to 107 megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload speed up to 5 Mbps, the fastest residential service in these communities and among the fastest in the country offered by a major Internet service provider.

These communities are the first in Louisiana and Missouri to receive this service. It was first launched in the Georgetown, Pflugerville and Leander, Texas, area. Subsequently, MAX 107.0 was introduced in Tyler, Whitehouse, Amarillo, Tulia, Lubbock, Post, Shallowater and Wolfforth, Texas, in Gallia, Meigs (Ohio), Mason and Jackson (West Virginia) counties, and most recently in Midland, Texas.

Suddenlink also began offering High Speed Internet MAX 50.0 service to residential customers in Alexandria, Pineville and Natchitoches, La., and Branson, Mo. MAX 50.0 features download speeds of up to 50 Megabits per second (Mbps), the fastest residential Internet service offered in these communities.

This spring, MAX 50.0 rolled out in more than 15 Texas communities. Before that, the service was introduced in a number of other Suddenlink cities, including Tarboro and New Bern, N.C., as well as several towns in other states.

These launches are part of Project Imagine, Suddenlink’s ongoing investment program. We will continue to announce launches of new and enhanced services as they are confirmed.