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It might not have been on your student’s official back-to-school supply list, but broadband today is an educational necessity both in and out of the classroom. Now that Texas kids are back in school, arming them with the latest technology, devices and access to high-speed broadband is part of the cable industry’s commitment to furthering education. 

Cable companies work with schools to expand internet connectivity, make going online more affordable, promote distance learning, and facilitate students’ increasing use of tablets and digital devices both at home and school. Connecting kids to the information superhighway is critical for their educational development and to prepare them for an increasingly technical and competitive U.S. economy.
In advance of the presidential election year, C-SPAN is encouraging middle and high school students to think critically about the issues important to them and their communities by creating a short video on the theme “What's Your Vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign.”

The C-SPAN Education Foundation awards 150 student and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash. Videos are due by Jan. 20, and student winners will be announced in March.
Cable continues to entertain as well as educate and inform. And the quality of that entertainment has reached new heights in recent years, based on the success of cable programmers to capture major industry television awards. 

On Sept. 22, tune into the 71 st Primetime Emmy Awards to see if cable’s winning streak will continue. Cable programming has 325 nominations –  check out the nominees in all categories to see if any of your favorites are included. Coming in with the most nominations are shows airing on the cable network HBO: Barry (Comedy) with nine and Game of Thrones (Drama) with 14.

In 2018, cable won 65 Primetime Emmys, more awards than streaming and broadcast programmers.
Charter Communications Joins Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Austin Housing Authority to Promote Low-Cost, High-Speed Broadband Service for Central Texans
As part of a continuous commitment to expand broadband access, representatives of Charter Communications, Inc. joined Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin Housing Authority to promote the availability of Spectrum Internet Assist in Central Texas. Spectrum Internet Assist delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds to eligible families and seniors.

Charter representatives joined Adler for a special ceremony at the Northgate Apartments. Charter gave 35 new computers to families, some of who will be in attendance, and a financial donation to The Austin Housing Authority. Learn more .
Charter Enhances Its Commitment to Local Communities with Employee Nominated Grants
Charter’s 98,000 employees serve communities large and small across 41 states, from Florida to Minnesota, and New York to Washington. Because these employees live and work in these local communities – whether they are rural, urban or suburban – Charter is committed to helping make them stronger. That’s why the company recently announced a new philanthropic program called Spectrum Employee Community Grants, which will enhance the positive impact the employees are already making in their communities. Learn more .
Comcast Announces Initiative with Dell Technologies to Help Close the Digital Divide

Comcast recently announced it has expanded its initiative designed to help close the digital divide for low-income households. As part of its mission to provide digital access for all, Dell Technologies is joining with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program for low-income individuals. The two companies will provide more than 2,500 free laptops to students, seniors, veterans, and adults in need. In addition, Dell Technologies will provide funding to upgrade 15 computer labs at local nonprofits in different cities, including two senior community centers in Houston. Learn more .