Blog February 9, 2017

Doing Our Part to Increase Broadband Connectivity for Low-Income Families and Seniors

Earlier this week, Charter Communications held an event on its new low-cost, high-speed broadband service, Spectrum Internet Assist, at the State Capitol in Nashville, TN.

We were thrilled to have the support and participation of Tennessee Deputy House Speaker Steve McDaniel and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh during the event.  Their remarks clearly articulated the potential life-changing opportunities and benefits Spectrum Internet Assist offers eligible low-income families and seniors.

In support of our service, Rep. McDaniel stressed that making Spectrum Internet Assist available to families with school-aged children will help close the “homework gap” and provide them with the in-home internet access they need so that they can complete school assignments without having to go to their local coffee shop or fast-food restaurant after school.

“I am thrilled that Charter is offering a way to level the playing field for children from all backgrounds and allow them to further their education using advanced digital technology,” said Rep. McDaniel.

Expanding access to broadband in the communities we serve is a priority for Charter. To further this objective, we are doing events like this all across the country, partnering with state and local elected officials and community leaders to get the word out about our offering to qualified families and seniors.

Using the internet for education, to access healthcare, find a job, or interact socially with family and friends is vital in today’s digital age.  This is especially true for seniors who disproportionately find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide.

In expressing his gratitude to Charter for making Spectrum Internet Assist available to seniors, Rep. Fitzhugh said, “High-speed internet can provide seniors with access to the latest technology in healthcare – virtual doctor’s visits, refilling prescriptions online, tracking vital information and sharing it instantly with their healthcare provider, as well as monitoring chronic conditions and long-term illness.”

We are excited about what Spectrum Internet Assist offers and are proud to be part of the solution in bridging the digital divide in the communities we serve.