STAMFORD, CT, September 18, 2006 – On January 25, 1995, four men, Carl Rossetti, Jim Chiddix, Mario Vecchi and Tim Evard, met for dinner in Evergreen, Colorado. The end result of that meeting was outlined on one piece of paper, a sketched out a plan for what has now become Road Runner, Time Warner’s Cable’s award-winning high-speed Internet service. On a daily basis, over 5.4 million households now benefit from the planning that began that night.
Time Warner Cable’s Road Runner Service officially launched in a high-profile event on September 10, 1996 in Akron, Ohio. The company had initially tested the service in 1995 in Elmira, New York, and after the formal launch, rolled out the service to its customers nationwide over the next two years.
Since 1996, Road Runner has grown into an award-winning broadband service used by millions of people. Features now include remote access, multiple email accounts, free broadband content, security software, parental controls, instant messaging, video mail, PhotoShow Deluxe, personal web space and optional wireless service. Download speeds have grown from approximately 1-1.5 mbps to 5-10 mbps, varying by system-area. While Road Runner customers have always had access to local content, users can now also customize the site to meet their needs. One thing, however, has not changed. The cost for Road Runner has remained as low as $39.95 since 1996.
Time Warner Cable will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Road Runner for the next month with an online yearbook for customers and a “Road Runner Ten Years Strong Sweepstakes”. For more information, consumers can go to www.timewarnercable.com/rrtenyears. Road Runner subscribers will also be eligible to enter an additional sweepstakes, called “Road Runner’s 10 Year Anniversary Instant Win Game & Sweepstakes”.