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CABLE LEADERS: DIVERSITY, EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Diversity is important, in all parts of U.S. society. No longer do we limit such conversations to Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month or other specific times of the year. In our industry, cable companies have made diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I) key components of their culture, mission and practices. 

Two leaders in this field – Teresa Ward-Maupin, senior vice president, digital and customer experience, Comcast Business, and Donna Chatman, vice president of Sparklight’s South Central Division – share why DE&I is an important focus for their companies, and how their efforts have evolved.

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BROADBAND: CABLE AND TEXAS PRIORITY

During this legislative session, the Texas Cable Association (TCA) and its five member cable providers look forward to joining with Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature to bring broadband service to more Texans. Abbott has declared broadband expansion a legislative emergency item, and a number of legislators have filed related bills.

In addition, the governor in his State of the State address said he would like to see the use of telemedicine (which relies on broadband) grow so that it benefits Texans across the state.

For more than two decades, cable operators have invested billions of dollars of private capital in infrastructure, technology, low-income access programs and more. 

The Texas Cable Association is ready to work with Abbott and the Texas Legislate to bring vital broadband service to even more unserved Texans.

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WEATHERING THE STORM

Winter storm Uri may have been the worst natural disaster in Texas history. Millions of Texans lost power – and as a result their cable and Wi-Fi service. Even before recent winter storms hit Texas, though, Texas cable providers had technicians ready and waiting to start repairing and restoring service as soon as it was safe to do so. While some Texans were waiting for home broadband, some companies opened their Wi-Fi hotspots to the general public.

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January TCA Newsletter

The 87th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 12, but like so many things in recent months, the pomp and circumstance of the day was different, and how business will be conducted for the subsequent 140 days will be driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While in-person access to the Legislature might be restricted, cable is keeping the public engaged and the lawmaking process transparent.

MEET TCA’S CAPITOL TEAM

The Texas Cable Association’s team at the Texas Capitol is led – for a second legislative session – by a staff seasoned by decades of combined policy experience. Walt Baum, Velma Cruz and Ryan Weiseman will represent the cable industry and member companies Altice USA, Charter Spectrum, Comcast, Sparklight and Vyve Broadband on cable, telecommunications and related issues. Meet our team.

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CABLE CONNECTS TEXANS TO THE CAPITOL

The 87th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 12, but like so many things in recent months, the pomp and circumstance of the day was different, and how business will be conducted for the subsequent 140 days will be driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While in-person access to the Legislature might be restricted, cable is keeping the public engaged and the lawmaking process transparent.

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NEW SPECTRUM STORE OPEN IN SAN ANTONIO

Charter Communications, Inc. recently opened a new Spectrum store in San Antonio. The Spectrum store gives consumers in the San Antonio area a convenient option for adding or managing their Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile or Voice services. 

“Our Spectrum stores team is here to help our local customers who need support in getting and staying connected during these uncertain times,” said Pattie Eliason, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Stores & Retail. “They are working to make our new store in San Antonio a safe, convenient environment to add or manage services, shop for devices and accessories or make payments, while ensuring we adhere to current local and state health and safety guidelines.”

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NEW SPECTRUM STORE NOW OPEN IN ORANGE

Charter Communications, Inc. has recently opened a newly remodeled Spectrum Store in Orange. The Spectrum store gives consumers in the Orange area a convenient option for adding or managing their Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile or Voice services. 

“Our Spectrum stores team is here to help our local customers who need support in getting and staying connected during these uncertain times,” said Pattie Eliason, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Stores & Retail. “They are working to make our newly remodeled store in Orange a safe, convenient environment to add or manage services, shop for devices and accessories or make payments, while ensuring we adhere to current local and state health and safety guidelines.”

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