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Charleston, Mattoon, and Oakland, Ill., to celebrate Gig Town status on Nov. 7 


At the Coles County Community Update Breakfast, three towns will be recognized for widespread access to fiber internet 

MATTOON, Ill.— Oct. 30, 2023 — While local officials, business leaders and business community members gather for the Coles County Community Update Breakfast, they’ll also recognize Charleston, Mattoon, and Oakland as Gig Towns.  

Gig Towns are communities with broad access to multi-gigabit fiber internet for residents and businesses and is awarded to towns by Consolidated Communications. Gig Towns can now benefit from the myriad economic, educational, employment and entertainment benefits that accompany better internet access. Consolidated recently completed construction of an all-fiber network that brings their Fidium Fiber service to 8,300 homes and businesses in Mattoon, 7,600 in Charleston and 650 in Oakland.  

During the breakfast, Rick Hall, Mayor of Mattoon and Brett Bennet, senior director of Consumer Product for Consolidated Communications, will share remarks about the expanded fiber network and new opportunities it brings. Each town will receive a certificate noting its new recognition as a Gig Town and will cut a special Gig Town ribbon. Photo opportunities will be available throughout the event, with individual media interviews available immediately following the event. 


Date: Nov. 7, 2023 

Time: 7 a.m.  

Location: Unique Suites, 920 W. Lincoln Ave, Charleston, Ill. 

Fidium Fiber delivers multi-gig-speed internet without contracts, installation fees or data caps. All Fidium plans offer reliable, symmetrical speeds from 50 Mbps to 2 Gigs (2000 Mbps). Fidium Fiber also offers VoIP phone service plans, and features speeds that allow customers to seamlessly stream their preferred TV and entertainment

Fidium@Work delivers the same reliability, multi-gig speeds and ease of use our residential customers love, with the addition of more robust features entrepreneurs need to keep their business connected.  

With near-ubiquitous access to Fidium’s all fiber network, Coles County is celebrating a new world of opportunities available to residents, businesses and the community. Research shows that better internet increases home values, drives business innovations, allows growing businesses to stay in the community, and expands employment opportunities for the growing remote workforce.   

About Fidium Fiber  

Fidium Fiber is a customer-centered, consumer fiber broadband service offering symmetrical multi-gig speeds and exceptional service. Fidium is available in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont with new locations available daily. Fidium is a brand from Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL). Consolidated is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers across a 20-plus state service area. Learn more at  


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