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Cable Salutes Veterans

Veterans Day is a time to pause to remember those who serve our country in the military, and the cable industry is no different. But cable doesn’t confine its commitment to our nation’s military to just one day or even one month – it’s year-round.


For the 11th year, cable operators across the country, including several in Texas, are participating in the Take a Veteran to School initiative from programmer HISTORY. Through events held at schools on or around Veterans Day, the popular public affairs outreach program connects veterans from all walks of life with students in schools and communities nationwide.

In 2017, thousands of schools in all 50 states are expected to participate. As part of this campaign, HISTORY offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials as well as short videos and additional resources, all provided free-of-charge.

Another way cable honors veterans is by hiring them and helping them build a career, not just fill a job. It’s a win/win: those who served our country transition into a new career, and the cable industry gains highly skilled and disciplined employees. Cable is among the nation’s industries that recognize that military veterans have valuable talents and attributes – technical expertise, collaborative skills and a strong work ethic – that can be translated to many professional positions.

Comcast has hired more than 13,000 members of the military community since 2010. Learn more about Comcast’s commitment to the military, from recruitment and hiring initiatives to partnerships with Veteran-serving nonprofit organizations.

Charter Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Marchand recently testified to the U.S. House Veteran Affairs Committee that Charter is committed to expanding its outreach to veterans and helping to give them good jobs with benefits. He said Charter employs 12,000 veterans, who comprise 13 percent of the company’s workforce. Of that number, 4,000 veterans had been added since January. He said Charter plans to boost veteran hiring by 5 percent over the next three years.

In addition, Marchand testified that more than 1,000 veterans at military bases in four states are enrolled in Charter training programs, with plans to expand to a national program in the 41 states served by Charter.

As a whole, the cable industry debuted Mission Media almost two year ago. Mission Media’s role is to support the career and personal development of military veterans across the internet and television arena. The collective effort aims not only to recruit veterans to the industry, but to provide them with the training and support they need to succeed.

October Programming Highlights


As we prepare for Jewelry Television’s 24th birthday, we’re celebrating another milestone in JTV’s history! We are thrilled to announce that JTV is the official jewelry sponsor for Lifetime’s new competition series, American Beauty Star! JTV will be introduced to nearly 2 million Lifetime viewers starting 9/22/17.

This exciting beauty challenge features 12 hair and makeup gurus competing against each other in a series of 10 makeover matchups. JTV provided thousands of items for each week’s themed challenge to help the contestants complete their looks.
Tune-in to Lifetime 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s American Beauty Star to see the fabulous JTV jewelry featured from September 21 – November 30. 
 
Love the jewelry you see in each episode? Immediately following every American Beauty Star episode, tune-in to JTV for our new show, JTV’s StarStyle® to shop the fabulous looks seen on American Beauty Star or visit jtv.com/beautystar. Every Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Jennifer and Jana will bring you cutting edge designs and show you how easy it is to indulge your own passion for fashion.

Don’t forget to tune-in to American Beauty Star every Thursday at 10:30 p.m. through November 30 to see our JTV jewelry sparkle! We hope you have as much fun watching American Beauty Star as we had preparing for the show!



C-SPAN’s newest Bus is traveling the nation in partnership with its cable and satellite affiliates to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multiplatform service resources. Throughout the next 14-months, the C-SPAN Bus is embarking on a 50 Capitals Tour heading to every U.S. capital, opening its doors at each state capitol to welcome visitors. Our visit to Austin is November 2-3!

Additionally, we will have the bus parked downtown as part of the Texas Book Festival and will be covering the festival live on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

As the Bus travels, elected officials will be featured during C-SPAN’s signature morning program, Washington Journal. C-SPAN Representatives will also gather video responses from visitors as part of its “Voices from the States” – an opportunity for visitors to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.

The new high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming



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CABLE IN THE COMMUNITY

Altice USA rolls out low-cost broadband service

Altice USA announced that its “Economy Internet” low-cost broadband service is available in both its Suddenlink footprint, including in Texas, and Optimum service areas to provide eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price. The $14.99 per month service offers broadband speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream and free in-home WiFi. Learn more.

Altice USA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with launch of student essay contest

Altice USA is holding its annual student essay contest in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The company has partnered with Condista, which represents several Spanish-language TV channels. The contest is open to middle-school students (grades 6 through 8) and high-school students (grades 9 through 12) in the communities that Altice USA serves with its Optimum and Suddenlink services. The 2017 essay contest asks students to: “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.” Entries are due Nov. 1. Learn more.

C-SPAN EXPANDS

C-SPAN, created in 1979 as a public service by the U.S. cable industry and now in 100 million households, recently announced travels in Texas in a brand new bus, a milestone for its video library and a student video competition. It’s a busy fall for C-SPAN, with a goal to make government more open to the public solely with funding from cable and other video providers – it accepts no government money or underwriting support.


C-SPAN’s newest bus is coming to Texas Nov. 2-3 as part of its U.S. tour in partnership with its cable affiliates to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multiplatform service resources. The C-SPAN bus also will be near the Texas Capitol in Austin as part of the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 4-5 and will be covering the festival live on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers to interact with the public through visits to local schools and community events.

The new high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A D.C. themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience through social media.

About eight years after C-SPAN first went on the air, it decided to record everything shown on its networks. On Sept 15, C-SPAN’ video library marked its 30th anniversary. During those years, it has collected and cataloged over 165,000 events, including 14,000 Congressional hearings and 829 commencement speeches. Just like the rest of C-SPAN’s operations, the video library is privately funded by the cable industry and available for free to the public.

Meanwhile, middle and high school students across the country are invited to participate in

C-SPAN’s 14th annual StudentCam competition. The theme: “The Constitution and You” – entrants are to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to the entrant. Entries are due Jan. 18, and the competition awards $100,000 in cash prizes. Learn more about the competition and how to enter.

While C-SPAN started with just one channel, today it operates three networks, an internet radio channel, a website with live coverage of events, and presence on numerous social media platforms. C-SPAN earlier this year

Are you watching C-SPAN? Every four years it commissions a survey of its audience. Among the findings from the most recent survey, released earlier this year: an estimated 70 million U.S. adults have accessed C-SPAN content in the past six months, and the audience is geographically balanced, fairly evenly split along gender lines, and politically active.

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CABLE CONTINUES BROADBAND DOMINATION

With about two-thirds of broadband subscribers in the U.S., cable’s broadband market share is at its highest level in 13 years, new data finds.


The latest quarterly stats show that cable companies now have 59.9 million broadband subscribers, having added 460,000 during the second quarter of 2017. Cable companies added about 3.1 million broadband subscribers over the past year, while telcos had net losses of about 550,000 broadband subscribers.

Why are broadband users flocking to cable and abandoning telcos? Faster speeds, upgraded equipment and evolving technology are some of the reasons cited.

Another recent report by independent internet testing group finds that both the average download and upload speed of fixed wired internet in the United States have increased over the past year. The report credits cable providers who are “making all the necessary investments and infrastructure upgrades to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 and to the increased affordability of higher tiered packages,” according to the report.

The U.S. broadband network has been built with $1.4 trillion of private capital investment. As a result, broadband networks reach nearly every corner of the nation – cable, the largest broadband provider, are available to 93 percent of U.S. homes. Learn more about broadband in the U.S.

Altice USA Extends Low-Cost Broadband Service across the Country

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, today announces that its ‘Economy Internet’ low-cost broadband service is available in both its Optimum and Suddenlink footprints, providing eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price.

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 ALTICE USA CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH LAUNCH OF STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST 

Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video service operators in the United States and the provider of Optimum and Suddenlink-branded internet, TV and phone services, today announces that it has launched its annual student essay contest in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Company has partnered with Condista, which represents Spanish-language TV channels including Atreseries, Antena3, NTN24, Nuestra Tele and Sur Perú among others. 

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