Business Briefs


Suddenlink upgrading to All-Digital TV

Suddenlink announced Jan. 18 that it is upgrading technology in Payson, Pine and Strawberry as part of a program that calls for approximately $10 million in capital improvements in Arizona and California communities in 2011 and 2012.

As a part of the program, Suddenlink has already increased Internet speeds in the Payson area.

The next phase of work will include a new, all-digital TV lineup.

Digital TV features better picture and sound quality.

The transition to the new lineup will finish Feb. 14.

On or near completion, Suddenlink’s Advanced Digital TV lineup in Payson will feature more than 75 high-definition (HD) TV channels, more than 45 digital channels and five new basic channels.

In Pine and Strawberry, the new lineup will include more than 90 HD channels, more than 135 digital channels and more than 15 basic channels.

With these additions, the Pine and Strawberry TV lineups will be the same as Payson.

Suddenlink customers will be getting information by mail notifying them about a process for getting and installing free digital adapters — also known as “DigitaLinks” — which enable digital channel viewing. Customers will generally require these devices, if their TV set is not connected to a Suddenlink digital cable box, also known as a set-top box or receiver; do not have a Suddenlink CableCARD installed or are not connected to a digital cable-ready device – such as a TiVo box — with a Suddenlink CableCARD installed.

The company will provide DigitaLink devices for all customers’ TV sets that require them. There is no up-front fee or monthly charge. For more information, visit or call (800) 896-5701.

AT&T upgrades mobile service in Christopher Creek

AT&T announced Jan. 20 that it has activated a new mobile broadband cell site in Christopher Creek that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web and download files faster, according to a press release from AT&T.

From 2008 through 2010, AT&T invested nearly $425 million in its Arizona wireless and wireline networks to improve service.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, said Jennifer Biry, Arizona vice president and general manager, AT&T.

“As part of the Christopher Creek community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that.”


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