Harron Communications serves over 150,000 business and residential customers in five states with advanced Video, Internet and Phone products, doing business as MetroCast Communications.
The history of Harron Communications began at the turn of the last century when Paul F. Harron, Sr. sold advertising on Vaudeville curtains in New York City. Early on, Harron saw how communications technology could serve the public interest, acquiring four radio stations in Philadelphia in 1929. Additional stations were acquired throughout the next decade in New York and Philadelphia, including WIBG, which became the most powerful independent radio station in Pennsylvania at the time.
Paul F. Harron, Sr.
Paul F. Harron, Jr.
By 1953, Mr. Harron saw the potential of emerging television technology. Appearing before the Federal Communications Commission that year, he predicted that “it will become a far greater influence on the public welfare than aural broadcasting has been.” With this in mind, Harron acquired an independent station in Wilmington, Delaware in 1955, where it operated as WPFH, and WKTV in Utica New York in 1958. TV station acquisitions followed in Texas (1963) and Maine (1967).
In 1964, in part as a defensive measure to protect Harron's Utica, NY broadcast television property, Harron obtained the franchise to build and operate a cable television system in the same market. Once again, the Harron family anticipated the growth of nascent communication technology: by 1976, Harron Communications was established, as cable systems were acquired in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan. Under the leadership of President and CEO Paul F. Harron, Jr., the company expanded to serve more than 300,000 cable television customers in Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont.
By 1999 the cable systems were sold to Adelphia Communications, but the Harron family continued its investment in the cable industry through the acquisition of the cable system serving the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and then Rochester and Sanford, Maine, doing business as MetroCast Communications. At the same time, the industry evolved from its cable roots, with MetroCast deploying High Speed Internet for the first time. Soon after, in 2001, MetroCast launched a suite of Business-Class Video, Internet and Phone products, establishing MetroCast Business Services.
MetroCast soon expanded, acquiring operations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia (2004). In 2006 James J. Bruder, Jr., grandson of Paul F. Harron, Sr., was named Chairman and CEO of Harron Communications, L.P., ushering in a new era of growth and technological innovation for the company.
Today MetroCast provides a vast array of quality entertainment and information choices to residential and commercial customers in five states over an advanced fiber optic network, including high definition digital video, digital phone services, and high speed Internet, and a suite of business-class solutions including Dedicated Internet Access with symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gig.
After more than five decades in the cable industry, and many more as an entertainment and information provider, Harron not only has been a participant in each technology era, but also has anticipated change and envisioned how technological innovation can meet the needs of consumers and the communities it serves.
At the same time, Harron has worked to better the communities it serves through the hiring and training of local employees, through its support of local Chambers of Commerce, and through the provision of complimentary services to schools, police and fire stations, libraries and municipal offices. It also provides support to many local charitable organizations, events and community projects. With this in mind, the Harron family established The MetroCast Foundation in 2007, which has provided ongoing funding assistance for a myriad of worthwhile causes.
Our commitment to innovation and excellence has been recognized by the industry:
- 2010: Paul F. Harron, Sr. and Paul F. Harron, Jr. are posthumously inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
- 2010: The Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association names MetroCast “Cable System of the Year” in recognition of outstanding customer service, technical excellence and community relations.
- 2010: Cable FAX honors MetroCast for its community service efforts in New Hampshire and Maine.
- 2011: Cable FAX honors Thomas M. Marturano, President and Chief Operating Officer, named Top “Independent Financial Executive”.
- 2014: The Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association honors MetroCast with its Technology Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Virginia cable industry and the VCTA.