Bresnan’s seventh anniversary in western Colorado also marks the company’s 25th year

Seven years into its franchise in Mesa County, Bresnan Communications will keep up with changes in the fast-moving information business, company officials said.

Bresnan first acquired the cable-television franchise in the Grand Valley and has since offered high-speed Internet and digital phone service.

More change will come, said Steve Brookstein, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“Our business plan assumes we will put the capital in place to keep pace” with technological advancements, Brookstein said.

Bresnan’s seventh anniversary in western Colorado also marks the company’s 25th year and founder Bill Bresnan’s 75th birthday and his 50th in the telecommunications industry.

In Colorado, the Purchase, N.Y.-based Bresnan has seen growth in the bundled services it offers while seeing a slight drop in the number of customers who subscribe to only one service, the company said.

Single-product customers fell from 35,401 at the end of 2008 to 34,079 at the end of the first quarter of 2009.

Buyers of all three services, however, are up in the Centennial state from 26,697 to 27,931, Bresnan said.

Bresnan serves Grand Junction, Cañon City, Craig and Sterling. The Grand Junction market is the state’s largest, with nearly 49,000 subscribers to single and bundled services.

A quarter of its cable subscribers also buy the company’s phone service, Bresnan said.

Bresnan, whose corporate strategy is to serve predominantly rural areas, is the country’s 13th-largest cable provider with 300,000 subscribers.

It’s too soon to tell how Bresnan will deal with federal funding to extend broadband connections to unserved and underserved areas of the country, Brookstein said.

“A lot of communities have service, but a lot of people don’t,” Brookstein said.

One of the issues that the federal government will have to negotiate will be to make service available to individuals with duplicating existing services to communities, he said.


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