Suddenlink Celebrates 10 Years

Today, Suddenlink is celebrating its tenth year in business. Our origins can be traced to Feb. 12, 2003, when our management team assumed responsibility for Classic Communications, a small cable operator serving approximately 300,000 customers in mainly rural communities. The company more than quadrupled in size in 2006, with the acquisitions of Cox cable systems serving approximately 900,000 customers and Charter cable systems serving approximately 240,000 customers.  Around the same time, the name Suddenlink was introduced.

Way back in 2003, Classic offered Internet service (with a top download speed of 1.5 Megabits per second) in only half of its cable systems – and offered phone service in none. A decade later, Suddenlink offers high-speed Internet service in all communities, with download speeds up to 107 Megabits per second in many areas; phone service to substantially all customers; wireless home networking; a robust line up of high-definition TV channels; TV Caller ID; a video on demand library with more than 10,000 titles; an online video service known as Suddenlink2GO; home security; and a suite of commercial services, including advertising and carrier services.

“Through the hard work of our team, an unrelenting focus on customer care, plus transformative acquisitions, billions of dollars in financings and capital investments, we turned a small company into the nation’s seventh largest cable operator with financial and operating results that are among the very best in the industry,” said Kent.

Suddenlink Execs Honored by Industry Magazine

Suddenlink Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent (left) and Chief Technology Officer Terry Cordova shared the 2012 Person of the Year honor presented by Communications, Engineering and Design (CED) magazine, an industry trade publication.

“The way business and operations worked to complement each other so fruitfully is why this year’s CED Person of the Year is actually two people,” wroteCED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo. “Together, these two men led the modernization of an agglomeration of cable systems … into a far more efficient, largely unified network.”

Suddenlink CEO Earns Industry’s Top Honor

Suddenlink Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be one of the 2012 recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for “Distinguished Leadership.” Presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the award recognizes individuals “who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry.”

Winners will be honored May 23 at a luncheon and awards ceremony during NCTA’s trade show in Boston.

Suddenlink CEO Honored by Trade Magazine

Suddenlink chairman and CEO Jerry Kent was named 2011 Executive of the Year (subscription required) by industry trade publication Multichannel News. In chronicling Kent’s 30-year career in the industry and Suddenlink’s rise to the seventh-largest cable operator in the country, the magazine noted: “Kent has forged and maintained strong relationships with other companies and executives in the industry, grown the business and maintained a stellar reputation in the cable community.”