Latest industry news in Texas and around the country.
During Military Appreciation Month, the Texas Cable Association and our five cable company members join with the rest of the nation to celebrate our nation’s armed forces and express our gratitude to troops and their families for their service.

But cable doesn’t confine its military appreciation to one day or one month. Cable companies are focused on training and hiring military veterans, supporting military community organizations, offering special programs such as low-cost broadband, and more.
Texans in seven area codes across the state now must dial 10 digits to make a phone call – a change that could save lives. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in July approved 988 as the three-digit abbreviated dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The FCC’s order requires all telecommunications providers – including cable, which provides digital landline service and (for some cable providers) wireless service – to make network changes to ensure 988 access by July 16, 2022.
Broadband expansion will require access to existing poles

Cable providers have long worked to help close the digital divide so that all can attend school, work, access health care, etc., no matter where they live. But we cannot achieve this goal alone.

The Texas Cable Association and Texas cable companies are committed to work with Gov. Abbott and legislators to expand broadband access across Texas. To do this, certain roadblocks must be removed to make deployment more efficient and affordable.

Gaining access to certain utility poles — the state’s communications infrastructure backbone in rural areas — is a huge obstacle we face in order to serve new areas. The process to attach broadband equipment to these poles can be complex and costly.

House Bill 1505 by Rep. Chris Paddie would streamline processes, reduce delays and rein in excessive costs. Passage would help achieve the ultimate goal — helping rural Texans who need and are waiting for broadband access.

Walt Baum
President, Texas Cable Association

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Greater Texas Membership Chair Glenda Hallman encourages women cable professionals to join to help advance and develop their career. Those who join by May 31 are eligible to win incentives including a one-hour executive coaching session.

WICT provides a diverse network of more than 10,500 media and technology professional peers who will inspire and influence a member’s career. Members enjoy personal access to their local chapter, as well as exclusive online content, virtual and in-person events and the WICT Career Center. Learn more about how women in the cable industry can benefit from WICT and how to join WICT and WICT Greater Texas. You can also contact Hallman, director, marketing & sales operations, Comcast Houston Region at


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.
Spectrum promotes cable veteran Michael Matson to Texas regional vice president of field operations
Spectrum has promoted Michael Matson to regional vice president of field operations for the company’s Texas Region, which comprises the company’s cable systems serving millions of customers in North, Central and South Texas. Read more.

Newly remodeled Spectrum store now open in Waco
Charter Communications, Inc. on April 8 announced the opening of a newly remodeled Spectrum store in Waco. The Spectrum store gives consumers in the Waco area a convenient option for adding or managing their Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile or Voice services. Read more.

100 small businesses in Houston receive $10,000 grants from Comcast RISE Program

Comcast in Houston is awarding 100 BIPOC-owned small businesses, which includes Hispanic and Asian American-owned businesses among others, $1,000,000 in grants, as well as technology and marketing resources to more than 150 businesses in the area. These recipients are part of nearly 2,500 entrepreneurs nationwide who have been selected as Comcast RISE awardees since November. Read more.

Comcast increases its fastest internet speeds over Wi-Fi in Houston
Comcast as of April 22 has increased its fastest Xfinity Internet tier in Houston. Customers can take advantage of advanced Wi-Fi technology capable of delivering speeds faster than one Gigabit per second (Gbps) to support the ever-increasing number of connected devices in their homes. The upgrade to the Xfinity Gigabit service is part of a national rollout that began this year. Read more.

Harris County partners with Comcast to bring Wi-Fi to more students
Harris County and Comcast Houston have partnered to provide “Lift Zones” in community centers across Harris County to provide students who do not have internet at home a safe space to participate in distance learning and do homework before and/or after school. The Lift Zones essentially offer robust Wi-Fi hotspots provided by Comcast so students can connect to their classes and not fall behind. Read more.

Dowling plans after-school STEM club with Sparklight grant
A grant from Sparklight will enable Dowling Elementary School in Odessa to start an after-school STEM club in the fall, its first after-school program on the campus. The school won a contest to gain the $3,000 grant. Read more.

Sparklight continues partnership with Arbor Day Foundation to plant 110,000 trees
In honor of Arbor Day, Sparklight has extended its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees on behalf of customers who switch to paperless billing. Now in its seventh year, the partnership has resulted in 110,000 trees being planted in Sparklight markets and is helping further the Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative – a commitment to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities worldwide by 2022, the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. Read more.

Sparklight celebrates grand opening of Longview office with ribbon-cutting ceremony
Sparklight officially opened its Longview office to support customers on April 8. In honor of the grand opening, Sparklight held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new office with the Longview Chamber of Commerce. Read more.
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