CABLE CONNECTS TEXANS
At home, work or on the go, Texans increasingly rely on products and services from the cable industry to meet their information, communication and entertainment needs. Cable is changing the way Texans live and work today, while constantly innovating with an eye to the future.
The cable industry meets – and even anticipates – the needs of Texans while supporting communities through public service, job creation, local and state economic growth, and private capital investment in the state’s telecommunications infrastructure.
Cable in Texas by the Numbers
- 4 million – Cable customers
- Nearly 1,000 – Cities and communities served
- 138,784 – Direct and indirect jobs
- 16,258 – Cable operator employees
- $20.8 billion – Total economic impact
From “TV Everywhere” to home automation to lightning-quick Internet, the cable industry is a leader in developing and deploying cutting-edge technology to give consumers expanded choices and increased access. In the video area alone, consumers now have an overwhelming number of choices for what and how to watch, driven by advancements in technology and the availability of high-speed Internet.
To learn more about the superior products and high-tech services that cable customers may enjoy, visit www.txcable.com/innovation/.
Cable Invests in Texas
Cable’s private capital investments of billions of dollars have revolutionized the telecommunications landscape in Texas, from small towns to large cities. Massive upgrades in “on the ground” infrastructure and technology over the past two decades have radically transformed how cable delivers its products, services and programming.
To meet the demands of a rapidly growing state population, Texas cable operators will need to continue to install thousands of miles of fiber and coaxial cable used to deliver Internet and other services. In addition, cable companies are meeting customer demand for increased mobility by providing cable Wi-Fi hotspots that customer can access for free.
We look forward to working with legislators to ensure our state’s tax and regulatory policies support continued job creation and broadband network investment.
Cable Supports Local Communities
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 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. 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 is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program. It provides low-cost high-speed Internet 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. The program’s national goal to connect 1 million students to hands-on STEM learning opportunities was reached in 2014 and continues.
- 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.