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Spectrum expanding internet service, hiring field technicians

Communications giant hosting hiring fair March 16, 29
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Posted at 5:47 AM, Mar 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 08:55:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spectrum is in its second year of a multi-year broadband internet expansion program. To install and maintain the network expansion, the communications company is hiring field technicians.

Hiring events are set to take place Thursday and again on March 29. The events run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Interested applicants can reserve a spot online ahead of time or simply walk in. The job fairs take place at three locations around the metro:

  • 1601 Olive Street, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 6555 Winchester Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 8221 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas

Pay for the entry-level job starts at $20 per hour. Spectrum hopes to hire 65 full-time employees in the area.

Benefits include healthcare coverage, a matching 401(k) contribution, free or reduced internet service and the opportunity to climb within the company.

“Eight years ago I knew this was an industry that was growing and continuing to be a development area. To me, it was a no-brainer. I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I’d have a tremendous career and could be career-oriented and grow within the company,” said Patrick Duncan, who started as a technician and is now a field operations manager for Spectrum in Kansas City.

Spectrum is focused on expanding high-speed internet in the rural areas of Missouri outside Kansas City. In 2022, it installed more than 700 miles of fiber-optic cable throughout the state, providing services to 31,000 homes or businesses.

Spectrum’s internet service in the area begins at 300 mbps and goes up to 1 gbps.

“Having access to high-speed broadband is really critical and important,” said Wes Shirley with Spectrum. “We have customers who are so excited we’re coming into their communities.”

Both Missouri and Kansas have offices dedicated to broadband expansion. The federal government promised both states at least $100 million for internet expansion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The federal government also provides monthly coupons for low-income households so they can pay for high-speed internet service. Spectrum, Comcast, AT&T, Google Fiber and many other internet service providers accept coupons from the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Last year, Comcast launched its own expansion project in Spring Hill, Kansas.