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TWC increases broadband penetration to low-income families in NYC

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 2:51pm
Mike Robuck

Time Warner Cable has extended a partnership that fosters greater digital penetration to low-income families in New York City.

In 2010, Time Warner Cable partnered with CFY to bring more broadband services to New Yorkers, regardless of their social or economic standing. The partnership between Time Warner Cable and CFY has been extended to 2013.

Time Warner Cable’s partnership with CFY is through NYC Connected Foundations and NYC Connected Learning, citywide initiatives managed by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and the New York City Department of Education.

The program offers “deeply discounted” broadband access to New York City families that don’t have existing broadband services.

“Not having Internet access can slow down a person’s life in very real ways, from a child not being able to properly research school projects to a parent not being able to conduct online job searches,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s regional vice president of operations for NYC. “We’re committed to our partnership with CFY to improve the lives of New York City families by giving them discounted broadband service and access to the Internet’s immense resources.”

Through the NYC Connected Foundations and NYC Connected Learning programs, close to 3,000 families have applied for the discount program. In addition to low-cost Internet services, Time Warner Cable provides infrastructure support to help CFY process program applicants and one-on-one coaching from the many TWC employees who choose to volunteer for CFY.

To help promote the expansion of broadband services to all Americans, Time Warner Cable has pledged to carry $1 million worth of public service announcements (PSAs) for the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC).

Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves more than 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.

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