Latest industry news in Texas and around the country.
The 87th Texas Legislature has wrapped up – though special sessions are looming – and among the wins for Texans was the passage of legislation to expand broadband access across the state and connect more Texans, especially in rural areas. The Texas Cable Association and our member companies – Altice USA, Charter Spectrum, Comcast, Sparklight and Vyve Broadband – are proud to have worked with state leadership and legislators to pass these important measures.

This state legislation, plus increased federal broadband deployment efforts and funding, complement the cable industry’s longstanding commitment and investment to get more individuals online, whether through building infrastructure to unserved areas, promoting internet adoption or providing the necessary technology. As a result, cable is the leading broadband provider in the state and nation, with more than two-thirds of all high-speed internet subscribers.
The beloved C-SPAN bus has reached the end of its 26-year road trip after crisscrossing 1.3 million miles and hosting more than 1.6 million visitors during its travels. Many of those stops were in cities across our vast state, where the bus and its representatives brought history and public affairs to life for students, teachers, legislators and so many others.

Saying goodbye to the bus is bittersweet for the Texas Cable Association and our members companies, which have hosted and partnered in those stops throughout Texas and helped fund the bus through their support of C-SPAN, which was created in 1979 as a public service by the U.S. cable industry and now in 100 million households.

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.
Cable One invests $770 million to keep communities connected
The Cable One family of brands (Sparklight, Fidelity, Clearwave and ValuNet) is working to bridge the digital divide and connect residents and businesses to what matters most with infrastructure investments of more than $770 million over the past three years. Sparklight is investing across its footprint, laying the groundwork to increase the company’s current broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit for residential customers and up to 5 gigabits for business customers to speeds as fast as 10 gigabits (10G) and beyond. Read more.

Charter commits $1 million to 2021 Spectrum Digital Education Program
Charter Communications, Inc. on May 26 announced its commitment of $1 million towards the 2021 Spectrum Digital Education (SDE) grant program, which supports nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use it in their lives. Nonprofit organizations may begin to apply for support until Friday, June 25, at 5 p.m. EDT. Grants will be announced in August and awarded this fall. Read more

Powering Comcast’s Houston Region with 100% Green Energy
Comcast recently committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy for its Houston cable facilities and network operations. In partnership with TXU Energy, more than 50 Comcast facilities and 11,000 power supplies throughout the area will now be powered by renewable energy from the Foard City Wind Farm through 2031. In a single year, the renewable energy generated through this agreement is estimated to be equivalent to 70,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of the emissions produced by 15,000 passenger cars for one year. Read more.

Texas Municipality Deploys City-Wide Advanced Network with Comcast Business
Comcast Business on May 26 announced that the City of Richmond is leveraging Ethernet Dedicated Internet, VoiceEdge cloud-based VoIP, Business Internet and Ethernet Network Services to give city employees the ability to efficiently set up remote work environments. Further, a city-wide fiber rich network from Comcast supports city operations and automated call attendants with VoiceEdge which have helped the city modernize and provide better value for its community members. Read more

Sparklight® brings fiber internet to Kilgore, Texas, residents, businesses
Sparklight®, a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, on June 7 announced plans to build a fiber-optic network that will provide high-speed internet service to Kilgore residents and businesses. Construction on the Sparklight network is expected to be completed in Spring 2022. The company’s network will ultimately connect more than 7,000 Kilgore residential and business customers. Read more.
Sparklight recognizes Odessa elementary school
Sparklight’s Odessa team presented a $3,000 check to Dowling Elementary School, one of five winners of the internet service provider’s annual Dream Bigger campaign. The school plans to use the funds to start a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club. The donation also will support students going on a field trip to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to kick-off the STEM Club. On the field trip, students will get a hands-on learning session that introduces students to the field of engineering. The project also provide student hands-on STEM materials and equipment to use in the STEM Club.
Sparklight recognized by Ector County ISD
Sparklight’s Odessa associates were recently recognized by Ector County Independent School District for their participation in the ECISD Home Meal Delivery Program, which served more than 125,000 meals during the 2020-2021 school year.
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