Charter is proud to support The National Urban League (NUL)’s Annual Conference this week in Columbus, Ohio. The conference has important theme: “Save our Cities, Powering the Digital Revolution” and will explore the role of technology in today’s social and economic landscape.
Charter is committed to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business. This includes our people, the culture we’re fostering, the products and services we offer, our supplier diversity relationships and the communities in which we live and work. As Charter’s Chairman and CEO, Tom Rutledge, said in a video message to attendees of the conference, “We reflect the communities we serve. We are diverse by definition. Charter is a company that serves everybody…we operate all across the U.S…we are just like America.”
We at Charter recognize the importance of broadband access in today’s digital age. High speed broadband creates life changing opportunities including finding a job, getting an education and accessing healthcare. That’s why we’re doing our part to help close the digital divide and make a meaningful difference for our customers and the communities we serve.
Since 2014, Charter has invested more than $27 billion in technology and infrastructure. These investments have enabled us to continue to buildout our broadband network and improve our service offerings. We are extending the reach of our network in communities across the country – in big cities and small towns, in places that don’t have sufficient access to high speed broadband and in some cases don’t have access at all. Last year alone, we expanded the reach of our network to an additional one million homes and small businesses.
Charter is also proud to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, an industry leading low-cost broadband option that offers qualifying low income families and seniors speeds of 30 Mbps for $14.99 per month with no annual contracts, data caps or modem fees. And through the Spectrum Digital Education Program, we are helping to bridge the gap in digital literacy through local grants, webinars, workshops and public service announcements. To date, we have awarded grants to National Urban League Affiliates in locations such as Kansas City, MO; Rochester, NY; Central Florida and Shenango Valley, PA. These grants go a long way towards improving digital literacy so more people can harness the power of the Internet in their everyday lives.
As Charter continues to find new approaches to serving our diverse customer base, we are fortunate to have NUL President and CEO, Marc Morial, serve as Chairman of Charter’s External Diversity & Inclusion Council. The Council helps us understand the critical needs of diverse communities and implement our diversity and inclusion programs in the most impactful ways. We are grateful for our partnership with NUL and look forward to working together to tackle shared issues of importance like enabling more Americans can harness the opportunities broadband can provide.