The signs and service trucks at Time Warner Cable’s East El Paso headquarters don’t show the change yet, but El Paso’s long-time cable-TV and cable-internet provider this month began selling its new brand of service packages as part of its new owner’s Texas product launch and rebranding.
Spectrum is the brand replacing Time Warner for cable TV, Internet, and phone services in El Paso.
"Over coming months you will see Time Warner" signs and logos changed to Spectrum, said Brian Anderson, regional spokesman in Fort Worth for Charter Communications. "New Spectrum packages are now available. But that doesn’t mean you have to take any action if your are a (current) Time Warner customer and are happy with your (products) package."
Charter, based in Stamford Conn., in May completed its acquisition of Time Warner, the nation’s second-largest cable-TV and cable-internet operator, and Bright House Networks, the nation’s sixth-largest cable operator.
The deal, in which Charter paid more than $70 billion for both companies, according to published reports, makes Charter the nation’s second-largest cable provider behind Philadelphia-based Comcast.
One of Charter’s first moves was to boost its starting internet speed from 50 megabits per second to 60 megabits in El Paso, and to 100 megabits in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Waco, where it has the capabilities to offer the higher speed, Anderson said.
Spectrum TV, internet, and phone packages do not have contracts as was the case with Time Warner product packages, he said.
Spectrum offers TV, internet, and phone service for $30 each in El Paso if bundled together, Anderson said. Separately, the packages cost much more. Basic internet service with home WiFi with a 60 megabits per second speed is $45 per month, plus a one-time $10 WiFi activation fee, according to Spectrum’s Web site.