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Charter Communications continues expansion in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- One of the biggest companies in Rochester is now getting even bigger with the addition of more than 100 new employees.

This puts Charter Communications at nearly 1,000 workers in Rochester alone, but it is a company that is unmistakable to those around the country.

According to Reuters, Charter is a $13 billion company, with over 4 million subscribers and is ever-expanding.  The business in Rochester is reflective of this national trend.

"Whether it's growing our business side to support business customers, developing new products and services, it's really about meeting the demands of our customers and continuing to support them," said Melissa Morris, Vice President and General Manager of Charter Communications.

Part of this expansion is due to Charter's investment in a fiber-rich network, which has helped the company meet increasing demands of its customers.

Charter already employs 800 people here in Rochester, and will be adding 140 more next month in its new offices at the IBM Campus.

"The great part about Rochester is historically it's provided us a great talent base in order to support the many different areas of our business," Morris said.

These employees will be working in Charter's business-to-business sector in sales, service operations and other support roles.

It's always good news to see growth one's company, but that poses the question of what that means for businesses in Rochester. 

KTTC is just one of the local businesses impacted by the Charter expansion.

"Just actually a human being there, checking, making sure that all lines are good, and possibly even acting quicker if there is an issue," said Tim Morgan, KTTC Director of Engineering.

The reach of the impact is unknown, but it is undoubtedly going to be critical in servicing local customers.

"For the whole city of Rochester, it's vital that they continually expand on their network capabilities and then obviously, it's always changing with what the network's getting to," Morgan said.

Charter ranks fourth among the top broadband providers in the nation, but dominates here in Rochester.

With two locations in the city, and another on the way, it appears as if Charter's reigning broadband empire is here to stay for some time.

In its search for new employees, Charter is hosting a career fair next Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Rochester International Event Center, where on-site interviews will be taking place.

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