Even as internet speeds have risen and its cost has dropped, affordability is still an issue for some families. Yet cable is committed to making sure no child falls behind or is denied the learning opportunities that the internet can provide.
Cable companies continue to lead the way to get more economically disadvantaged Americans online by providing discounted internet service, hardware, digital literacy training and technology centers.
Charter Communications/Spectrum has been introducing its new low-cost, high-speed broadband service, Spectrum Internet Assist, in markets across Texas in recent months, holding events including those in Lancaster and in San Antonio. The program targets families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors aged 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.
“It’s crucial for cable and broadband providers like us to play a role in bridging the digital divide so that everyone has access to the information and tools they need to succeed in today’s economy,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications.
Last October, Cable ONE donated 50 Chromebooks to students at Ector Middle School in Odessa as part of the Cable ONE Cares initiative, Chromebooks for Kids, which is designed to help bridge the digital divide in Title 1 elementary schools. As the company says, “…we’re investing in a generation of future leaders and helping to conquer the digital divide in schools that lack funding.”
The program, in its fourth year, was recognized by Cablefax Magazine’s 2016 Top Ops Awards.
Since 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials nationally has helped connect 750,000 families, or about 3 million Americans, and provided more than $300 million of support for digital literacy training, benefiting over 4.4 million people.
Last year, Comcast gave 140 laptops to families who attend the Baker Ripley School in Houston.
Internet Essentials is available to families with students in the National School Lunch Program and all Housing and Urban Development clients who reside in Comcast’s service area. For every family who qualifies, the monthly cost is $9.95 with no added tax. It includes a free wireless router, plus they can purchase a laptop for just $149.
Comcast believes it important for everyone to have access to the internet. The company continues to improve Internet Essentials each year by expanding eligibility and increasing speeds.
Learn more about Internet Essentials and its accomplishments, including a five-year progress report, at this dedicated Internet Essentials website.
Learn more on the cable industry’s programs and successes in closing the digital divide.