We are excited to welcome you to Astound Business Solutions!
As you know, in 2021 RCN acquired the WOW! and Broadstripe powered by WOW! broadband networks that provide your Internet, TV, and Phone services in the areas Chicago, Northwest, IN, Evansville, IN, and Anne Arundel County, MD. We promised to provide updates along the way to keep you informed of the progress we’re making to fully transition your service.
UCaaS and Voice Guides
Below are links to our newly updated Hosted Voice, ConnectNow, Phone, and Office Mobility guides for User and Admin reference. These will provide key information on your services and the product features, so you can get the most out of each Voice solution.
We are changing to reflect who we are and what we do – all with a continued focus that reflects our deep-rooted commitment to customer service. Your passions are what fuel us to keep innovating and to continue to astound you every day. We are becoming…
Customers can expect a new bill format, new payment address, new account number and a new security/PIN.
Convenience and visibility into your services, all with an easy online portal to help manage your account and services.
We will need to assign you a new astound.net email address and your existing WOW! email address will be forwarded to your new astound.net address for a period of time; Static IP addresses will change in some cases. We will be in touch with additional details and instruction.
Your current TV service will be replaced with Astound Business TV – with live TV, streaming apps and voice control, all together. This experience comes with a new channel lineup, new DVR and new equipment.
You’ll be able to access tools and information about products & services plus connect with us through chat, social media and by phone
We’ll Keep You Informed
We want to make sure you have all of the information you need to make this transition as easy as possible and we’re here to help every step of the way.
Please keep an eye out for future information on actions you may need to take. In the meantime, thank you for being a valued customer.
We look forward to serving you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why were these areas of WOW! acquired?+
Astound’s acquisition of WOW!’s Illinois and Indiana service areas will be joining the existing Astound system in Illinois, and acquisition of the Broadstripe powered by WOW! broadband network in Anne Arundel County, Maryland will be joining our existing Astound system in Maryland and metropolitan Washington, DC. Our robust fiber-rich network assets will allow us to deliver even more communications services to customers in the Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Evansville, and Anne Arundel County areas, offering both residential and business customers new products and services. Our immediate focus will be on continued excellence and customer service support. We also expect to leverage the best practices we offer today from our family of companies to continue to provide current customers with the best services possible.
What happened to RCN?+
You may have previously seen our communications that RCN acquired the systems that support the WOW! and Broadstripe powered by WOW! service areas. RCN is becoming Astound Broadband powered by RCN. Our commitment to bring our customers exceptional care is still the same.
What is Astound Broadband?+
We offer Astound Broadband services across the country and are the sixth largest telecommunications provider, serving eight of the top ten metro markets in the United States providing critical infrastructure to local communities. The company offers residential, business and enterprise class broadband Internet, telephone and cable TV services using their own fiber-rich network. Astound Broadband services are provided to over one million customers in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, the DC metro area, and Washington State as well as in Indiana through WOW! powered by RCN and Anne Arundel County, Maryland through Broadstripe powered by RCN. The Astound Broadband name reflects both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future.
What does this mean for former WOW! customers in Illinois, Indiana, and Maryland?+
All existing services and customer support will continue without interruption. RCN previously became your service provider** but communicated with you under the WOW! brand for a limited time as we complete the transition of operations to Astound. During this transition, customers continue to receive the same quality services that they enjoyed from WOW!. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate them in advance.
Will there be any changes to the services provided?+
All existing services and customer support will continue without interruption. RCN became your service provider** but communicated with you under the WOW! brand for a limited time as we complete the transition of operations to Astound. During this time, customers continue to receive the same quality services that they enjoyed from WOW!. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
Will Astound taking over WOW! cause my current package prices to go up or down?+
We are committed to giving customers the best value and service. Our long-term focus is to introduce new offers featuring greater value and convenience for customers. Current package prices and promotions will remain the same and, if any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance. ***
How long will the transition take?+
We want the transition to be as smooth as possible, so it will take several months for the transference of systems to occur. We will provide you with more information as we make progress.
Will WOW! customers continue to receive bills from WOW!?+
Yes, WOW! customers will continue to receive bill statements and other communications using the WOW! brand during the transition period. Beginning in the second quarter of 2022, former WOW! and Broadstripe powered by WOW! customers will receive bill statements and other communications using the Astound brand. Rest assured that Astound Broadband is powered by RCN. If any further changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
Will there be any changes to customer support?+
Until the transition is complete, you should continue to call the numbers you have been calling during the transition. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
For Customer Service, Billing or Service, please call:
Chicago Illinois area, Northwest Indiana, and Evansville Indiana area: 866-496-9669
Anne Arundel County area: 410-987-9300
Where do I send my payment?+
Until the transition is complete, you should continue to send payments to the same address. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
Illinois and Indiana
PO BOX 4350
CAROL STREAM, IL 60197-4350
Anne Arundel / Millersville
PO BOX 62436
BALTIMORE, MD 21264-2436
Do I need to change my autopay?+
During the transition period, you do not need to do anything with your autopay. It will process on your scheduled date. No need to change or contact your bank/credit card company. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
What does this mean for WOW! business partners?+
We have a best-in-class network of partners and look forward to welcoming WOW! and Broadstripe powered by WOW! partners to our network. Partners will realize several benefits as Astound expands on WOW!’s existing capabilities in the long-term, including the addition of advanced product offerings. If any changes are made in the future, we will communicate in advance.
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** Except for customers receiving Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) or legacy Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) benefits. Customers participating in these programs will continue to receive internet from WOW! or Broadstripe powered by WOW! for a transition period. All other services, including non-ACP internet services, will be offered as Astound services using a WOW!-associated brand name, or using the WOW! Broadband, WOW! Broadband powered by RCN, or Broadstripe powered by RCN names.
*** RCN will honor all applicable WOW! and Broadstripe powered by WOW! promotional terms and conditions effective as of November 1, 2021 for the duration of the transition period.