Once again this holiday season, fewer shoppers got up early to stand in line outside of stores to nab the best deals, preferring instead to shop online – many with the assistance of cable’s high-speed internet or mobile hotspots. Shopping during the heavily monitored retail period from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday beat predictions, and more Americans than ever chose the convenience and efficiency of online shopping, surveys found.
With online shopping on the rise – and data breaches making headlines – how can you make sure you are staying safe while making purchases on the internet?
Holidays aren’t just for shopping – they’re also for spending time relaxing and enjoying family and friends. Perhaps that involves catching up on missed TV viewing or checking out some of the many holiday movies brought to you by cable.

Charter awards Austin Free-Net a $25,000 grant as part of $1 million Spectrum digital education commitment

Charter Communications, Inc., on Nov. 30 presented Austin Free-Net with one of its 17 inaugural Spectrum Digital Education Grants . Austin Free-Net received $25,000 to help reach its goal of teaching hundreds of underserved, low-income senior citizens how to safely and securely use the Internet during the next fiscal year.

Spectrum Digital Education is a new philanthropic initiative, designed to support nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. Spectrum Digital Education grants are part of an overall $1 million commitment to provide digital education in Charter communities through financial grants, PSAs, workshops and webinars to local nonprofit organizations.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the interest generated by and the quality of the submissions received for the Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program,” said Rahman Khan, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Charter Communications. “After careful review, we are confident that the organizations like Austin Free-Net will help further our mission to provide communities in need with the necessary tools to grow and prosper in the digital age.”


Comcast Business Expands Nation’s Largest Gig-speed Network to the West

Comcast Business recently expanded its DOCSIS 3.1-based internet service to business customers in the Western United States, including California, Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

With the continued roll out of its gig-speed network, Comcast’s “Business Internet 1 Gig” and “Business Internet 500” speed tiers are now available to business customers in the West, Central, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast service areas using the company’s existing network, without the need for costly and disruptive construction of new network facilities.

With the addition of the new markets, DOCSIS 3.1-based internet service is now generally available across Comcast’s national footprint. The service tiers complement existing gigabit and multi-gigabit options already available to Comcast Business customers, including Comcast Business Ethernet, which the company launched in, and has been expanding nationally since, 2011. Ethernet services can support speeds of up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) over fiber. 

Comcast honors some of Houston’s finest beyond Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Comcast’s Houston region recently honored 10 community volunteers at its second annual Comcast Hispanic Hero Awards gala. The honorees were recognized for their commitment to making a difference in the community through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy and civic engagement. 

“These exceptional individuals have demonstrated selfless commitment,” said Ralph Martinez, senior vice president for Comcast’s Houston region. “The Hispanic Hero Awards give us an opportunity to recognize those who have played a vital role in positive change in their communities while celebrating the diversity of this great city.”
In addition to being recognized, each honoree will be featured in a 30-second Public Service Announcement that will air on Comcast and KTMD-Telemundo Houston. Comcast also donated $1,000 to the nonprofit organization of the honoree’s choice.  

2017 Hispanic Hero Award honorees and nominating organizations were: Marian Cabanillas (Change Happens!), Miguel Hernandez (Baker Ripley), Nelly Moyano Fraga (Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, Inc.), Stephen Fraga (United Way of Greater Houston), Estella Mireles (Office of State Rep. Jessica Farrar), Rey Gonzales (Houston Hispanic Forum), Hugo Mojica (LULAC Council 402), David Medina (Chinquapin Preparatory School), Rene Gonzales (Houston Hispanic Forum) and Vanessa Ramirez (SER – Jobs for Progress).
Check out great programming by TCA Associate members Reelz and Turner (CNN, TBS, TNT and truTV) here .
Texas Cable Association 2017