Headquartered in Sikeston, Missouri, Galaxy Cablevision owns and operates nearly 550 cable systems in rural Midwestern and Southern states. The Company dates back to 1979 when it was founded as Galaxy Telecom. Galaxy filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2001 and emerged from it less than a year later with a new name, Galaxy Cablevision.
In its heyday before filing for Chapter 11, Galaxy's customer base included more than 123,000 subscribers in 13 states. Today that figure is just above 25,000, and Galaxy digital television, pay-per-view movies and events, digital telephone, and high-speed Internet access service via cable TV systems to rural and small town markets in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas.
Galaxy signed a letter of intent during 2007 to be acquired by NexHorizon Communications Inc., Westminster, Colorado, but that deal was not consumated.
The Company’s network includes more than 2,000 miles of fiber and utilizes a hybrid fiber-coaxial cable infrastructure. The Company offers video (with VOD), high-speed Internet, and VOIP services to its customers, but only offers triple-play service to a few communities. Galaxy also provides distance learning and video conferencing to over 300 schools.
In order to cheaply supply residents with broadband services, Galaxy makes public institutions, such as schools and hospitals, and large businesses pay higher service fees. The result is that Galaxy’s broadband service costs less than those of competing ILECs.
Dark Fiber Solutions, Inc., York, Nebraska, provides fiber optic network services for Galaxy.