Cable’s private capital investments of billions of dollars have revolutionized the telecommunications landscape in Texas, from small towns to the largest cities. Massive upgrades in “on the ground” infrastructure and technology over the past decade have radically transformed how cable delivers its products, services and programming. For example, to meet the demands of a growing state population, Texas cable operators are in the process of installing thousands of miles of fiber and coaxial cable used to deliver Internet and other services. In addition, the number of cable’s Wi-Fi hotspots that its customers can access for free continues to grow by the thousands.
Texas Industry Overview
- 3,240,012 – Cable subscribers
- Over 1,000 – Cities & Communities Served
- 125,982 – Direct and indirect jobs
- 15,123 – Cable operator employees
- $18.7 billion – Total economic impact
Cable providers and their employees are an integral part of their communities, making cities and towns across Texas better places to live. Locally, cable operators support events through through financial and in-kind contributions and sponsorships, while employees volunteer thousands of hours with charities and community projects. As an information provider, cable is a natural fit with education. In Texas, cable operators provide free video services to more than 4,000 schools and free high-speed Internet to more than 300 community centers across the state. High-speed broadband enables a growing number of distance learning programs at schools and colleges. In addition, cable operators are committed to connecting more Texans to the Internet through programs that provide affordable Internet to low income households.
Other cable-created education initiatives embraced by Texas cable operators include:
- Internet Essentials from Comcast, 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.
- Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds,” which inspires students to explore and excel at science, technology, engineering and math.
- Cable programmer HISTORY’s “Take a Veteran to School” program, which in concert with local cable providers around Texas, connects students to military veterans for a living history lesson around Veterans Day.