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Encyclopedia > Suddenlink Communications
Suddenlink Communications, Inc.
Suddenlink Logo
Type Private
Founded 1992 (as Classic Cable)
2003 (as Cebridge Connections)
2006 (as Suddenlink)
Headquarters St. Louis, MO
Key people Jerald L. Kent (Chief Executive Officer)
Industry Telecommunications
Products Digital Cable
Video On Demand
High-Definition TV
High-Speed Internet
Digital Phone Telecommunications
Suddenlink Media Cable Advertising
Network West Virginia Local WV station
Revenue $177.3 Million USD (2001)
Parent Cequel III
Slogan Life Connected
Website suddenlink.com

Suddenlink Communications, formerly Cebridge Connections, is an American national cable television company that operates in more than 20 states in primarily suburban, small-town, and rural communities. Its corporate headquarter are located in St. Louis, MO and is part of Cequel III. Cequel III was founded in January 2002 by Jerry Kent, Howard Wood, and Dan Bergstein is an investment and management firm that focuses on development of cable and telecommunications companies. Image File history File links Suddenlink_Logo. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term which refers to a signaling method which includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... A typical VoIP Solution A typical analog telephone adapter for connecting an ordinary phone to a VoIP network Voice over Internet Protocol (also called VoIP, IP Telephony, Internet telephony, and Digital Phone) is the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Image File history File links Green_Arrow_Up_(Darker). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...



Suddenlink can trace its history back to Classic Communications and was founded in 1992. Suddenlink's parent company Cequel III reported it would invested in Classic Communications on February 12, 2003. At the time Classic was the twelfth largest MSO with 325,000 in nine states (Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, and Ohio). Since 1992 Classic acquired 20 cable systems and in 2001 filed for bankruptcy and emerged from bankruptcy on January 2003. [1]

Cequel III continued to acquire new cable companies and new cable systems and the company became Cebridge Connections after acquiring Classic Cable and Kingwood Cable. [2] As Cebridge the company acquired cable systems previously owned by Alliance, Tele-Media, Thompson, and USA Media. In 2006 Cebridge became Suddenlink Communications after the deals to acquire cable systems from Cox Communications and Charter Communications closed. [3] Cox Communications is a wholly-privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television and telecommunications services in the United States. ... Charter Communications NASDAQ: CHTR is an American company providing cable television, HDTV, cable telephone, DVR, and broadband services over 6. ...

Today, Suddenlink has 1,516,600 total subscribers and is the seventh largest cable provider in the United States [4].


On June 21, 2006 Suddenlink will provide cable VoIP services using Nortel Technology. Suddenlink will use Nortel's VoIP solutions to provide digital telephone services to customers from California to North Carolina and will include 30,000 acquired from Cox. [5] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Sprint Nextel

On November 8, 2006 Suddenlink and Sprint Nextel announced a five year agreement to enable wireline VoIP solutions to residential and commercial Suddenlink subscribers. [6] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Carriage controversies

After Suddenlink completed the purchase of cable systems from Charter Communications in West Virginia the rights to two local stations WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV expired. The parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group that owns WCHS but operates WVAH under a local marketing agreement wanted to pull the two stations on July 1, 2006 unless Suddenlink paid $40 million to Sinclair up front in retransmission fees and $1 per subscriber. An FCC rule prohibited Sinclair from pulling the two stations during the middle of Nielsen Media sweeps week. Suddenlink was allowed to carry the stations until July 26, 2006. Sinclair pulled the stations on July 1st from viewers in the Beckley, WV market.[7] WCHS TV is the ABC affiliate for Charleston/Huntington West Virginia. ... WVAH-TV is the FOX network affiliate in the Huntington / Charleston, West Virginia television market. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 (mostly) small and medium markets. ...

After several weeks of negotiations, the two companies reached an agreement which allowed WCHS and WVAH to continue transmission over the Suddenlink cable system and both stations were restored to the Beckley market. The terms of the agreement were not released to the public.[8]

WVAH blackout

In October 20, 2006 WVNS-TV filed for both non-duplication and syndication exclusivity protections for FOX programming in the Beckley, Princeton, Lewisburg and Hinton markets. In these areas WVAH-TV, the FOX affiliate from Charleston, is also carried on Suddenlink cable systems. Suddenlink reported the only programming that will not be available from WVAH is Fox programming. All local news and other programming will still be available to customers.[9] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Syndication Exclusivity also known as SyndEx is a Federal Law designed to protect a local television stations rights to syndicated television programs by granting exclusive rights to the station for that program in the local market. ...


  • February 12, 2003 Cequel III invests in Classic Communications, Inc. [10]
  • June 30, 2003 Cequel III acquires cable systems from Shaw Communications, Inc. [11]
  • January 26, 2004 Cequel III acquires cable systems from Alliance Communications Partners. [12]
  • April 5, 2004 Cequel III acquires cable systems from Thompson Cablevision. [13]
  • June 3, 2004 Cebridge acquires cable systems from Tele-Media. [14]
  • August 19, 2004 Cebridge acquires cable systems from USA Media. [15]
  • May 5, 2006 Suddenlink acquires cable systems from Cox Communications. [16]
  • July 3, 2006 Suddenlink acquires cable systems from Charter Communications. [17]


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