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Forbes Middle School Celebrates Take a Veteran to School Day

Local veterans will be honored at a Take a Veteran to School Day program at Georgetown’s Forbes Middle School, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Take a Veteran to School Day project is part of a national initiative by the History Channel and Suddenlink Communications, which provides cable services in Georgetown. Take a Veteran to School programs provide a way for students to learn more about the history of Veterans Day and about the experiences of veterans from all backgrounds and walks of life.

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Keller ISD Students join with Charter, HISTORY to Honor Veterans

“Take a Veteran to School Day” event to feature State Rep. Matt Krause, Assistant Principal and Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Brad Burleson

FORT WORTH, Texas – Charter Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: CHTR), HISTORY and the students of Trinity Springs Middle School will show appreciation for local veterans with a “Take a Veteran to School Day” event featuring an appearance from State Rep. Matt Krause and keynote address from Brad Burleson, Army National Guard veteran and assistant principal of Trinity Springs Middle School.

Dozens of local veterans from all branches of the military are expected to participate in the Veterans Day event that will combine musical performances, video presentations and other tributes for those who have served in the armed forces. The program is scheduled for 1:15 p.m., Nov. 11, at Trinity Springs Middle School, 3550 Keller Hicks Road, in Fort Worth.

“Take a Veteran to School Day” is a national program developed by HISTORY to link veterans with students nationwide. From class visits to school assemblies, these events provide a way for students to learn more about the history of Veterans Day. Inviting veterans to share their stories connects generations while helping young people learn about the past.

Charter Communications teamed with HISTORY to add Keller Independent School District’s Trinity Springs Middle School to the list of more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states participating in the “Take a Veteran to School Day” program this year.

During his 11-year career with the Army National Guard, Burleson has served as an infantryman during three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’ll share his personal experiences with his students as he discusses the important purpose of Veterans Day – honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Rep. Krause, R-Fort Worth, will also address the students on the significance of Veterans Day. Krause’s support of military families includes joint-authoring a 2013 bill that allows the children of military service members five days of excused absence from school to spend with their parents who are being deployed or returning from deployment abroad.

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About Charter

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.

About HISTORY®

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man as well as HISTORY®’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Men Who Built America, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us® and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com.

Media Contacts

Brian Anderson, Charter Communications
[email protected]
817-945-1833

Bryce Nieman, Keller ISD
[email protected]
817-744-1022

Suddenlink Community Impact Challenge Judges to Be Revealed

Suddenlink will host a luncheon to reveal the judges selected for the first annual Suddenlink Community Impact Challenge. The program invites area residents to imagine new ways of giving back to the Amarillo-Canyon community. The judges’ panel, comprised of community leaders and local Suddenlink staff, will be announced at Crush Wine Bar & Deli.

What: Announcement of the judges’ panel for the Suddenlink Community Impact Challenge

When: Monday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Crush Wine Bar & Deli, 705 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101

Who:

  • Community leaders
  • Local school district officials
  • Katy Parrish, Suddenlink Marketing Manager
  • Carrie Irwin, Suddenlink System Director
  • Angie Carson, Suddenlink Business Ops Manager
  • Amber Bustos, Suddenlink Marketing Coordinator
  • Denise Blanchard, AISD Program Director

Photo op

  • Announcement of community members selected for the judges’ panel, 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Carrie Irwin, Suddenlink, 806-331-4601

Glenn Middle School Celebrates Take a Veteran to School Day

Local Veterans Will Be Honored Friday

Command Chief Master Sergeant Thomas F. Good of the 17th Training Wing at GAFB and San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison will join students and faculty members in honoring hometown heroes at a Take a Veteran to School Day program at San Angelo’s Bobcat Stadium, Friday, Nov. 7. The Take a Veteran to School Day project is part of a national initiative by the History Channel and Suddenlink, which provides cable services in San Angelo.   A formal program will be presented at an assembly in the stadium, followed by lunch at Glenn Middle School with students and veterans.

What:  
Take a Veteran to School Day

Where:
Bobcat Stadium
Glenn Middle School, 2201 University Ave.

When:
Friday, Nov. 7 – 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

7:45 Flag Raising Ceremony, CHS-JROTC and the Glenn Middle School band

9:15 Students arrive at Bobcat Stadium

9:30 Introduction and Announcement, Principal Karen Clark

“National Anthem” – Glenn Girls’ Choir, Choir Director Jimena Lule

9:40 Marching Presentation, GAFB
Military Jet Fly-Over

9:50 Guest Speaker, Command Chief Master Sergeant Thomas F. Good

10:00 Surprise Skype presentation, a soldier to his child

10:10 “What Veterans Mean to Me” Essay Contest Winner Presentation, Mayor Dwain Morrison

iPad prize provided by Suddenlink

10:15 Assembly Concludes

11:23 Lunch in gym for veterans, students, and invited guests

Photos: Cameras are welcome during the presentation.

Interviews: Interviews available before or after event.

Contacts:
Corey Peddy, Business Operations Manager, 325-486-4155
Rebecca Cline, Glenn Middle School, 325-947-3841

Austin Middle School Celebrates Take a Veteran to School Day

Local Veterans Will Be Honored Thursday at the School

Students and faculty members will honor hometown heroes at a Take a Veteran to School Day program at Amarillo’s Austin Middle School, Thursday, Nov. 6. The Take a Veteran to School Day project is part of a national initiative by the History Channel and Suddenlink, which provides cable services in Amarillo.   A formal program will be presented at an assembly in the school auditorium, followed by lunch in the gym.

What: 
Take a Veteran to School Day

Where:
Austin Middle School, 1808 Wimberly Road

When:
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. to approximately 12:50 p.m.

10:30
Performance by Austin Band

10:33
Presentation of Colors, Tascosa NJROTC, Lt. Cmdr. Dwight G. Rawls, USN (Ret.)

10:36
Comments by State Representative Four Price

10:40
Reading of three winning essays/poetry

10:44
Welcome comments

10:47
Performance by the Austin Middle School Choir

10:51
Choral Reading by Ms. Mueller’s Pre-AP class

10:55
Introduction of speakers

10:57
Guest Speaker: Veteran Rod Zeman followed by video of Matt Wells (former Austin Bear) presently serving in the Army

11:15
“Musical Salute to the Armed Forces,” Austin Orchestra, Directed by Jill Bradford

11:20
Taps

11:25
Closing Comments

11:30
Lunch in gym for Veterans and guests

Photos: Cameras are welcome during the presentation.

Interviews: Interviews available before or after event.

Contacts:
Carrie Irwin, Suddenlink Marketing Manager, 806-331-4601
Vicki Mueller, Art Teacher, Austin Middle School, 806-326-3000

 

FASTER INTERNET SPEEDS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL TIME WARNER CABLE CUSTOMERS IN AUSTIN

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has completed the rollout of faster Internet speeds to all its customers in the greater Austin area, with the fastest offering delivering download speeds up to 300 megabits per second. Customers who subscribe to any of the six Internet plans offered by TWC in Austin have received an increase in speeds at no additional cost, with customers experiencing speeds up to six times faster, depending on their current plan.

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COMCAST OFFERS UP TO SIX MONTHS OF COMPLIMENTARY INTERNET SERVICE AND AMNESTY PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN HOUSTON AND ACROSS THE U.S.  

Internet Essential Kicks Off Back to School Season in Houston with Nationwide, Complimentary Six-Month Offer, Discounted Computers and Free Digital Literacy Training for Eligible Families
Comcast Has Now Connected More Than 1.4 million Americans including nearly 16,000 Low-Income Houstonians to Internet at Home

HOUSTON (August 12, 2014) — Comcast today announced it will include up to six months of complimentary service for any new family in Houston and nationwide that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials. Families who are approved for Internet Essentials between now and September 20th, 2014 will receive up to six months of Internet service. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 350,000 families, or about 1.4 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet. This includes nearly 16,000 families in Houston. The program is available in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

Comcast also announced an amnesty program for certain low-income families who could qualify for Internet Essentials, but have a past due balance. Customers who have an outstanding bill that is more than one year old are now eligible for the program. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria.

“Internet Essentials is about transforming lives and inspiring a new generation of leaders to be digitally ready to access the information and tools all students need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen. “By offering up to six months of complimentary Internet Essentials service, along with an amnesty program, we hope to convince even more families that there is no better school supply than having broadband Internet at home. With it, kids can do their homework and parents can be more connected to their children’s teachers and schools.”

Throughout the back to school season, Comcast will actively engage with parents, teachers, non-profit partners and elected officials to help spread the word to low-income families about the program. The Company plans to air an unprecedented number of public service announcements (PSAs) that promote the new, six months complimentary offer, and to focus on schools where 100 percent of students receive a free lunch through the National School Lunch Program and can therefore automatically apply. Comcast will also continue to offer families the option to purchase a computer at less than $150, as well as provide access to free digital literacy training online, in print and in person.

Since 2011, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation have dedicated more than $200 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital readiness initiatives nationwide, reaching more than 1.75 million people through non-profit, digital literacy partners. In 2013, Comcast announced its largest non-profit collaboration to date with Khan Academy to bring free, world-class online educational content to more low-income families. Khan Academy offers a personalized online learning experience to students, in subjects from basic math to physics, biology, economics, art history, computer science, health and medicine and more. Khan Academy has provided 400 million lessons and learners have completed over 2 billion exercise problems. Comcast has committed to airing hundreds of thousands of PSAs and providing significant digital promotion, in both English and Spanish, of Khan Academy and its educational resources.

In March, Comcast announced the indefinite continuation of Internet Essentials, well beyond its original three-year commitment. The program’s impact continues to grow as the company works to expand its national and local efforts to address the digital divide for eligible students and families. Since its launch in 2011 to the end of June 2014, Comcast has:

  • Sold nearly 30,000 subsidized computers at less than $150 each.
  • Distributed nearly 37 million Internet Essentials brochures at no cost.
  • Broadcast more than 4 million public service announcements, valued at nearly $51 million.
  • Welcomed nearly 2.2 million visitors to the Internet Essentials websites in English and Spanish and the Online Learning Center.
  • Fielded more than 2.3 million phone calls to our Internet Essentials call center.
  • Offered Internet Essentials in more than 30,000 schools and 4,000 school districts, in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Partnered with thousands of community-based organizations, government agencies, and federal, state, and local elected officials to spread the word.
  • Dedicated $1 million in grants to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones, where networks of non-profit partners are working together to enhance public Internet access and increase family-focused digital literacy training in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Miami and Seattle, among others.

Based on customer surveys, we have also learned a lot about what customers think about having Internet Essentials.

  • 98% said they would recommend the program to friends and families.
  • 97% said they use the service so their kids can do homework.
  • 90% said they were satisfied with the program.
  • 82% said they use the service every day or almost every day.

Comcast and the Comcast Foundation have also made significant investments in nationwide digital readiness, training, and safety programs with partners like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Arc. These partnerships integrate digital readiness education into program curricula and offer the disabilities community a better and safer opportunity to access and be empowered by digital technologies. Also, the Comcast Digital Connectors program has trained and certified thousands of youth in Internet and computer skills across the U.S.

About Internet Essentials:

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150 and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person. Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private and homeschooled students.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, theNBCandTelemundobroadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups,Universal PicturesandUniversal Parks and Resorts. Visitwww.comcastcorporation.comfor more information.

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Media Contacts:

Michael Bybee

[email protected]

281-605-9658

ESPN and Charter Communications Sign Distribution Agreement for SEC Network

STAMFORD, Conn. and BRISTOL Conn. – August 6, 2014 – ESPN and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) have reached an agreement for distribution of the SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14, 2014. The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Charter markets. Subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s digital platforms – including WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com – with the ability to watch SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device. With the addition of Charter, the SEC Network will be available to more than 91 million households nationwide.

“We are excited to be bringing the SEC Network to Charter customers,” said Allan Singer, SVP of Programming for Charter Communications. “We know that there are many SEC fans and grads in our footprint who are ready to cheer on their team and we are glad that the SEC Network will be available to them when it launches on August 14th.”

“With the addition of Charter, SEC Network is currently slated to be available to eight of the top ten distributors nationwide at launch, covering 90 percent of all U.S. cable homes,” added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. “We look forward to serving Charter customers nationwide, including many SEC markets.”

The SEC Network and its accompanying digital offering will air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC’s 21 sports. The network will be an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “Millions of fans nationwide – including those in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – will be pleased to know that this latest agreement with Charter will ensure that the SEC Network will be available to them at launch.”

Added Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior Vice President, College Networks, “The SEC Network continues to attract greater demand as we inch closer to its debut, and with Charter, we will be able to serve their customers nationwide with quality content and coverage across all of the SEC’s 21 sports on multiple platforms.”

Charter TV customers can find the SEC Network on their channel lineup upon its launch by visiting charter.com. 

About Charter Communications

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.

About SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.

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Media Contacts:

Francois Claude
[email protected]
203-905-7968

Gracie Blackburn
[email protected]
704-350-3489

Kristie Chong Adler
[email protected]
646-547-5637

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND SUDDENLINK ANNOUNCE BROAD MULTI-YEAR DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

New Deal Provides Sports, News and Entertainment to Suddenlink Customers In and Out of the Home

Suddenlink to Add Upcoming SEC Network at Launch and Longhorn Network in Time for Football Season

Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services and Fusion to Launch Beginning this Fall

ST. LOUIS, MO and BRISTOL, CT –– AUGUST 4, 2014 –– Suddenlink and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a broad multi-year distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to Suddenlink TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. The renewal agreement enhances the multichannel business model and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms.

“A number of our customers have expressed interest in the SEC and Longhorn Networks, and a sizable majority have told us how much they value Disney networks like ESPN and ABC Family,” said Kathy Payne, Suddenlink Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer.  “We’re very pleased we can provide those customers what they’ve said they want, and we’d like to specially thank the SEC and Longhorn fans who contacted us for their enthusiasm and patience, as we worked with Disney to complete this comprehensive, long-term agreement.”

“Suddenlink TV customers will benefit greatly from this latest multi-year renewal agreement,” added Sean Breen, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney & ESPN Networks Group.  “Not only will they continue to receive top quality content from Disney and ESPN networks ahead of the new fall programming slate and upcoming football season, but also additional, highly sought after services.”

As part of the new multi-year deal, Suddenlink will introduce several new services, including the upcoming SEC Network at launch on August 14 and Longhorn Network, beginning with the 2014-15 college football season.  In addition, beginning this fall, Suddenlink plans to introduce Fusion and the full suite of authenticated WATCH services, including WatchESPN.  Continuing services covered by the broad scope of this agreement include: ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN3, video-on-demand services and retransmission consent forKABC-TV in Los Angeles, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston and KFSN-TV in Fresno.

About Suddenlink

Suddenlink (suddenlink.com) is the seventh largest cable operator in the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment demands of approximately 1.4 million residential and commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers’ lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone and other services.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive.  Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013.

Media Contacts:

Suddenlink   
Pete Abel
314-315-9346
[email protected]

Disney/ABC Television Group  
Karen Hobson
818-460-7044
[email protected]

ESPN, Inc.      
Katina Arnold
860-766-7463
[email protected]

TIME WARNER CABLE BEGINS ‘TWC MAXX’ TRANSFORMATION IN AUSTIN AREA TO ENHANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced today an expansion of its ‘TWC Maxx’ initiative that will change the way customers in the Austin area enjoy the company’s products and services. Launched earlier this year in Los Angeles and New York City, the program focuses on upgrades to the company’s network to enhance the video and Internet experience, as well as improve overall customer satisfaction.

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