BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starry Group Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Starry”), a licensed fixed wireless technology developer and internet service provider, today announced that it will leave the Columbus, Ohio market after mutual termination of its strategic alliance agreement with its local partner AEP Ventures, LLC (“AEP”). Starry announced its intention to serve the market in June 2021 and successfully built its fixed wireless network to cover more than 350,000 homes. Starry’s decision to voluntarily leave the market is part of the company’s broader reorganization, as it focuses its resources and investment in its five core urban markets: Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Washington, DC.
“Leaving the Columbus market was a difficult decision and one that we did not take lightly,” said Starry Chief Executive Officer, Chet Kanojia. “Every community deserves robust competition and choice among broadband providers and Starry’s goal was to bring a high-quality, affordable option to families across Columbus. I’m proud of what our team built and the impact we’ve made in neighborhoods across Columbus. However, our business is evolving, and given the challenging macroeconomic environment, we’ve had to make some hard choices. The decision to leave Columbus gives us the ability to continue to invest in our five core urban markets and further expand our footprint and customer base within those communities.”
Starry’s market impact included:
- The buildout of network coverage passing 350,000 homes in the Columbus metro area.
- Expansion of Starry’s digital equity program, Starry Connect to nearly 3,000 units of affordable housing in Columbus.
- Hosting more than 700 Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) education and marketing events in Columbus and more than 600 drops of ACP education materials throughout the community.
Starry’s decommissioning of the market will begin in March and be completed in June. Current Starry subscribers will receive ample notification of their planned service cancellation and will be provided opportunities to switch to broadband providers serving their area. For more information about Starry’s discontinuation of service in Columbus, visit: starry.com/blog.
About Starry Group Holdings, Inc.
At Starry, we believe the future is built on connectivity and that connecting people and communities to high-speed, broadband internet should be simple and affordable. Using our innovative, wideband hybrid-fiber fixed wireless technology, Starry is deploying gigabit capable broadband to the home without bundles, data caps, or long-term contracts. Starry is a different kind of internet service provider. We’re building a platform for the future by putting our customers first, protecting their privacy, ensuring access to an open and neutral net, and making affordable connectivity and digital equity a priority. Headquartered in Boston, Starry is currently available in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Denver. To learn more about Starry or to join our team and help us build a better internet, visit: https://starry.com.
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