High-speed broadband has become essential to boost today’s economies, education, healthcare, entertainment and other facets of our lives. Making sure all Americans have access to a robust internet connection is a top priority for cable companies, including Texas Cable Association (TCA) members Altice USA (that provides Suddenlink services), Charter Spectrum, Comcast and Sparklight. But determining who has or doesn’t have that access – and how to deliver it – has for years been a debate between providers, policymakers and others.

Recent policy developments on both the state and national levels could hasten the efficient and swift deployment of broadband to those who are unserved.

The cable industry has been an active participant in these discussions and developments. Cable has long been the  leading broadband provider in Texas and the nation, with about two-thirds of all high-speed internet subscribers. We’re continuing to roll out new, ever-better technology that improves our internet for existing customers and allows us to reach those who are unserved.
As we move into a new year and decade, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association takes a final look at some of key initiatives and milestones that cable providers and TV networks achieved in 2019. Among them: the development and deployment of new technology, the rise of esports, cable diversity advancements and more.

The Texas Cable Association and our members – Altice USA (Suddenlink), Charter Spectrum, Comcast and Sparklight – are looking forward to bringing our subscribers even more innovation and services in 2020.
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.
Suddenlink sponsors STEM event in Victoria ISD 
Before the holidays, students at Hopkins Elementary in Victoria experienced an interactive science lesson sponsored by Altice USA through the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Trailblazer classroom. The 40-foot STEM museum-on-wheels houses exciting, hands-on exhibits that introduce students to STEM concepts and career paths. 
Comcast Brings Magic of the Holidays to Benbrook Elementary School 
The Comcast building was filled with smiles, laughter and squeals of joy just before Christmas as Santa and his helpers surprised students from Benbrook Elementary School with iPads for the holidays. These students are participants in the “Beyond School Walls program,” a one-to-one youth mentoring program where children from local schools have an opportunity to meet with an employee volunteer mentor every other week during the school year. Read more .
Comcast: Meet Alexis and Ignacio - Easter Seals Clients Test Life-Changing Technology Enabling Them to Be More Independent  
Xfinity X1 customers with physical disabilities can now use their eyes to change the channel, set a recording or search for a show.

Recently, Comcast launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes. Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers to change the channel, set a recording, search for a show and more, all with a glance.

In December, Houston residents and Easter Seals of Greater Houston clients, Alexis and Ignacio who both have Cerebral Palsy or (CP), a condition which affects the muscle control of their upper and lower body extremities, tested the X1 eye control technology. Read more .