Wide Open West
WideOpenWest (doing business as WOW!) is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States. The company offers landline telephone, cable television, and broadband Internet services. As of June 30, 2020, WOW! has about 844,500 subscribers.
|Traded as||NYSE: WOW|
Russell 2000 Component
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Teresa Elder, Chief Executive Officer and President|
|Total assets||US$2,471.6 million(2019)|
After a 2017 initial public offering, WideOpenWest is publicly traded with Avista Capital Partners and Crestview Partners retaining significant stakes. As of August 6, 2019 Avista Capital Partners sold their shares in the company, leaving Crestview Partners WOW's largest shareholder holding a 37% stake in the company.
WOW! was founded in November 1996 in Denver, Colorado. After building a network in April 2001, WOW! initially served about 200 people in the Denver area. In November 2001, WOW! purchased Americast, an overbuild system in the Midwest built and operated by Ameritech New Media for an undisclosed amount per subscriber, estimated to have been at a cost of $600 per sub. This purchase opened WOW! to over 310,000 new customers in metropolitan areas surrounding the cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Denver, and Evansville. WOW! no longer serves the Denver market.
On August 23, 2011, Wave Broadband and WOW! announced that they entered into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Broadstripe LLC, a provider of residential and commercial bundled communications services. On January 14, WOW! completed the acquisition of Broadstripe's cable systems in Michigan.
In June 2014, WOW! sold its cable, Internet and phone systems in the South Dakota markets to Clarity Telecom. Part of the multimillion-dollar deal, worth $262 million, included the markets in Iowa and Minnesota previously served by Knology and PrairieWave Communications. In March 2015 these markets would officially become known as Vast Broadband.
On June 28, 2017, WOW! officially no longer serves the Lawrence, Kansas area.
Internet availability by stateEdit
|State||Population Covered by WOW!|
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