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With the spike of both COVID-19 cases and the summer heat, we’re all looking for something to do indoors that keeps us both safe and cool. As National Gaming Day falls in July, it’s a good time to look at how cable’s fast, reliable broadband has contributed to the rise in online gaming, especially during this pandemic.

“Gaming has grown pretty explosively during the COVID-19 pandemic as adults and children seek entertainment outside of streaming video,” according to Sandvine’s most recent Global Internet Phenomena Report .

Neither today’s sophisticated online games – nor their growth – would be possible without the more than  $290 billion invested over the past two decades by the cable industry to build broadband infrastructure. The result? In just a few years, internet speeds  have quadrupled , allowing cable broadband to meet consumer needs for streaming, downloading and gaming.
Hurricane season is underway, and an  above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

Activity along the Texas coast is typically later in the season – but not always. Emergency preparedness officials have warned Texas not to let preparations fall by the wayside as they focus on staying safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

Texas cable operators can help with that preparation; and, should a disaster hit, they stand ready to swiftly respond to get communication channels up and running. In fact, cable operators are taking extra steps to respond to a weather disaster while accommodating the pandemic.
Members of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) Board of Directors have elected the 2020-2021 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for one-year terms. TCA has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.

Officers, serving as TCA’s executive committee, include:
  • Chairman – Melinda Little, director of government affairs, Comcast – Houston Region, based in Houston.
  • Vice Chairman – Brad Ayers, senior director of government affairs, Altice USA, based in Plano.
  • Secretary – Kelly Mitchell, director of government and communications strategy, Charter Communications, based in Austin
  • Treasurer – Thomas Baker, director of government and regulatory affairs, Comcast, based in Austin.
  • Immediate Past Chairman – Juli Blanda, vice president west division, Sparklight, based in Aransas Pass.

Other board members include: 
  • Altice USA: Johnny Moyer
  • Charter: Todd Baxter, Thomas Aguillon, Jeff Burdett, Kevin Campbell, Gordon Harp, Clem Maddox, Torrey McGraw and Ed Serna.
  • Comcast: Ray Purser
  • Sparklight: Matthew DeMuro

In cities and towns across Texas, local cable operators and their employees make their communities a better place to live. Cable companies not only make financial and in-kind donations to numerous civic and charitable organizations, but employees volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year. Check out the latest cable industry community initiatives below.
New Spectrum store now open in Granbury
Charter Communications, Inc. opened a new Spectrum Store in Granbury on June 25. The Spectrum store gives consumers in the Granbury 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, Group Vice President, Spectrum Stores & Retail. “Staff are working to make our new store in Granbury 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 healthand safety guidelines.” Read more .

Lone Star College-Houston North and Comcast team up to provide free internet access to students and families during pandemic

Lone Star College-Houston North and Comcast’s Houston Region have announced a business partnership to provide free internet access to approximately 200 LSC-Houston North students and families in need. The new agreement will ensure these students can continue their education through the school’s distance learning offerings as many in-person options are on hiatus.

The college is partnering with Comcast’s Internet Essentials, a program designed for low-income families and individuals to acquire access to the internet. Read more .

Comcast holds star-studded virtual celebration for 2020 scholarship recipients

What do Houston’s First Daughter, Paul Wall, and a veteran television host have in common? They were all part of a special virtual celebration on June 18 to award $75,000 to Comcast Houston’s 2020 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipients.

Comcast, joined by Shannon LaNier, Anchor for CW39 Morning Dose, recognized 30 Texas Seniors at a unique online event to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of these outstanding scholars for being winners of the 2020-21 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Read more .

Comcast to hold The Future of Business 2020 Virtual Conference
On July 23 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Comcast Business is hosting a virtual conference to help get businesses ready, willing and able to embrace the direction of where business is headed in the future with a virtual workforce. 
To learn more about the future of working remotely, register today to attend The Future of Business 2020 Virtual Conference hosted by Comcast Business. The conference has a robust speakers list, including a keynote from Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible.” Learn more or register to attend
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