TCA APRIL NEWSLETTER
Latest cable industry news in Texas and across the country.
MAKING CABLE LESS TAXING
With April 15 looming, taxes are likely at the forefront of your mind. No one – individual or business – enjoys paying them. The Texas cable industry is supporting legislation this session that would eliminate a double a tax it currently pays, giving tax relief to tens of millions of Texas cable subscribers. This is the latest legislative effort supported by the cable industry in recent years to cut Texans’ telecommunications taxes that  once were among the highest in the nation .
IN FOCUS ON THE LEGISLATURE
Interested in Texas public policy issues beyond the sound bite? Charter Spectrum takes a deeper in its weekly public affairs show,  In Focus . The 30-minute show, which airs on Spectrum News each Sunday, features legislators and other experts from around the state who discuss a wide range of issues impacting Texas.

Recent guests have included Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty on school finance reform; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on legislative efforts to reign in rising property taxes; and Rep. John Cyrier talking about his bill to get state parks more of the sporting goods sales tax revenue which has been allocated elsewhere in recent years.

In Focus airs on Spectrum News each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and repeats at 6:30 p.m.
CABLE IN THE COMMUNITY
C-SPAN bus visits Texas to honor national documentary winners with Charter Spectrum
 
The C-SPAN bus visited Frontier High School in Mansfield on April 4 and Imagine International Academy of North Texas in McKinney on April 5 to honor grand prize, second prize, third prize and honorable mention winning entries in C-SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. 

In partnership with Charter Spectrum, C-SPAN presented StudentCam certificates of merit and oversized prize checks to the students during a school-wide ceremony of classmates, teachers, family members and elected officials. The winning videos also were viewed during the congratulatory event.

In Mansfield and McKinney, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service.

Two of the entries will be viewed on C-SPAN in April:
  • Tanner Fenton Amy Pham & Zada Jones, 12th & 11th Grade, Frontier High School – Second Prize "Til We Reach That Day" - Wednesday, April 10, at 5:50 a.m. CST and throughout the day
  • Mason Daugherty & Eli Scott, 11th grade, Imagine International Academy – Grand Prize "What it means to be American - Citizen accountability in Government" - Sunday, April 21, at 5:50 a.m. CST and throughout the day
Comcast Cares Day set for May 4
 
Comcast employees in Houston and across the country will be volunteering on May 4 in their local communities to make change happen as part of the annual Comcast Cares Day, one of the nation’s largest corporate volunteer efforts. In Houston last year, more than 3,000 employees, friends and families were joined by community partners to make an impact at 11 project sites across the city.

Comcast employees will be undertaking projects at the following Houston area nonprofits during Comcast Cares Day 2019: Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), BARC Animal Shelter, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston – Fort Bend Location, Camp Hope/ PTSD Foundation of America, Covenant House, Houston Food Bank and Legacy Community Health.
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