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Affordable High-Speed Internet for NYC”s Low-Income Families & Seniors Announced by Charter Communications …

New York City, NY (PRWEB)

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today was joined by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos to announce the introduction of a new low-cost, high-speed broadband product, Spectrum Internet Assist, in its service areas in New York City. The announcement was made at the Stanley Isaacs Community Center at the New York City Housing Authority’s Stanley Isaacs and Holmes Towers on East 93rd St. in Manhattan, where eligible families and seniors learned about Spectrum Internet Assist. Priced at $14.99 per month, Spectrum Internet Assist offers eligible customers speeds up to 30/4 Mbps, which meets and even exceeds the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of “high-speed.” Spectrum Internet Assist includes standard features like email boxes, internet security software and a modem at no additional charge.
Spectrum Internet Assist is now available throughout Charter’s legacy service area, and will continue to be rolled out market-by-market, with a goal of covering the remaining Charter footprint by mid-2017.

Public Advocate Letitia James and Council Member Ben Kallos, with support from colleagues in New York State and City legislatures, testified at hearings and advocated for the Public Service Commission to require any company acquiring Time Warner Cable to bridge the digital divide by providing low-income residents with low-cost, high-speed broadband internet.

“Charter is excited to bring a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to low-income families and seniors. Spectrum Internet Assist is an important next step in providing true high-speed connections to those who would otherwise continue to face a digital inequality in this country,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications. “It’s crucial for cable and broadband providers like us to play a role in bridging the digital divide so that everyone has access to the information and tools they need to succeed in today’s economy,” Rutledge said.

“Access to affordable high-speed internet should not be a luxury reserved for few — it is increasingly important for everyone to have access in today’s society,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “New Yorkers young and old depend on Internet access for homework, job applications, and basic life functions, but too often do not have access in their own homes because services are truly cost prohibitive. I want to thank Charter Communications for following through on their commitment to provide affordable, high-speed Internet to those who have previously been left out of the digital age.”

Said Council Member Kallos, “New York is going to narrow the digital divide by offering low-income families and seniors broadband they can afford for less than 50 cents a day. With hundreds of thousands of city households without broadband, I think that we can finally close the digital divide by offering universal broadband in every home in Charter’s New York City footprint. Thank you for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Public Service Commission Interim Chair Gregg Sayre, and Charter Communications Chair Tom Rutledge for your partnership and commitment to bring low-cost broadband to low-income New Yorkers to finally bridge the digital divide.”

Spectrum Internet Assist Product Details

  • $14.99/month for up to 30/4Mbps speed package

o Includes all standard Internet features; i.e. security suite, mailboxes, etc.
o Includes a modem with no additional charge

  • $5.00/month for Charter WiFi

o Includes a router
o Rate cannot be increased during the life of the program
o Activation fee waived

To assist consumers with the eligibility process and enrollment, Charter has launched a new dedicated Spectrum Internet Assist website: http://www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com1. Prospective enrollees may also call the Spectrum Internet Assist toll-free helpline at 1-844-525-1574 for assistance.

Spectrum Internet Assist Eligibility

  • Families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program
  • Seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits
  • Additional Criteria:

o Current phone and video customers who meet one of the two criteria above may enroll.
o Prospective SIA enrollees cannot have had a Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks broadband subscription within 30 days of signing up.
o Eligible participants will not need to undergo a credit check but they must clear any outstanding debt with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks from the previous 12 months. About Spectrum:
Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications Inc., a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV(TM) video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet(TM) access, and Spectrum Voice(TM). Spectrum Business(R) similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul.

More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.
Media Contacts:
For Charter:
John Bonomo
John.Bonomo(at)Charter.com
212-598-3413 (Office)
646-946-8680 (Mobile)

For Public Advocate Letitia James:
Delaney Kempner
dkempner(at)pubadvocate.nyc.gov
646-799-3659 (Mobile)

For Councilman Ben Kallos:
Josh J.

Jamieson
JJamieson(at)BenKallos.com
516-369-2921 (Mobile)

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Point Broadband Selects Telrad LTE for Multi-Million Dollar, Multi-State Deployment

Point Broadband Selects Telrad LTE For Multi-Million Dollar, Multi-State Deployment

Point Broadband selects Telrad Networks broadband LTE solution

Telrad Networks is a key partner for our ISP business

Lod, Israel (PRWEB)

Telrad Networks1, global provider of TD-LTE broadband solutions, today announced that Point Broadband2, a subsidiary of ITC Capital Partners, LLC and located in West Point, Georgia, has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Telrad Networks. Point Broadband will deploy Telrad LTE technology for their multi-state operation, which offers wireless broadband Internet services to underserved residents and businesses in rural and suburban areas. Point Broadband’s initial deployments will cover areas of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, with plans to expand into several additional markets. The Internet Service Provider offers rural cities and towns, who have limited or no Internet service, high speed wireless broadband connectivity that meets the standard requirements of any modern day Internet user. Point Broadband has embraced the concept of ‘cutting the cord’, meaning that with reliable Internet, customers can use VoIP and entertainment streaming, enabling them to discontinue expensive landline phone, cable or satellite TV services.

Using a combination of the 3.65 GHz and 2.5 GHz frequency-bands, Point Broadband is leveraging licensed and semi-licensed bandwidth to develop the most dependable and uninterrupted Internet service. Telrad technology enables Point Broadband to roll out a reliable, fast Internet service. Powered by Telrad’s flagship BreezeCOMPACT base station, the network offers key differentiating features which influenced Point Broadband in choosing Telrad’s standards-based LTE solution, including its affordable and scalable EPC, the advanced software-defined radio (SDR) base station capability, which allows for software-only upgrades, and the ability to overcome non-line-of-sight challenges.

“Telrad Networks is a key partner for our ISP business,” commented Todd Holt, chief executive officer of Point Broadband. “Their state-of-the-art solution supports our aggressive roadmap and business goals. With Telrad’s high-powered coverage, high capacity bandwidth and consistent connectivity, we are able to offer our customers the reliable, robust internet service they deserve.”

“We are honored to be selected by the Point Broadband team as the LTE solution provider for their large Internet service operation,” stated Chris Daniels, vice president and regional GM of North America for Telrad. “Our LTE solution was designed specifically for fixed broadband wireless networks such as this one, combining the power of LTE standards-based technology with flexibility and technical excellence. Telrad’s fixed-focused LTE improves operational efficiency and creates greater business value for our customers. We are very pleased to see our North American footprint growing with high quality organizations like Point Broadband, as more and more operators are leveraging the benefits of our LTE offering for fixed broadband.”

Point Broadband takes a very local approach with their business, offering a percentage of profits from a city or town to be donated back into the community.

Telrad solutions, operating in the sub-6 GHz bands, offer reliable fixed wireless broadband connectivity, with cost-optimized configurations, lower total cost of ownership, and NLOS capabilities. With maximum coverage and capacity, operators maintain more efficient, cost-effective networks that deliver an optimal user experience. About Point Broadband
Point Broadband is headquartered in West Point, Georgia, a small town on the border of Georgia and Alabama. We are a proud subsidiary of ITC Capital Partners, LLC. ITC has a century long history of providing innovative communication solutions to its customers, with a focus on serving the communities where its customers live. ITC has been successful building, owning and operating wireless networks and broadband businesses over many years.

We want to be more than just your Internet provider.

We want to help customers connect friends and family, help businesses connect with more customers, and just simply make the world a smaller place. With no monthly usage caps and no contracts, our customers have the flexibility to connect with anyone, anywhere, at any time. (point-broadband.com3)

About Telrad Networks
Telrad Networks is a global provider of innovative LTE broadband solutions, boasting over 300 4G deployments in 100 countries. Telrad stands at the forefront of the technology evolution of next-generation TD-LTE solutions in the sub-6 GHz market.

Since 1951, the company has been a recognized pioneer in the telecom industry, facilitating the connectivity needs of millions of end-users through operators, ISPs and enterprises around the world. (http://www.telrad.com)4

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  1. ^ Telrad Networks LTE Solutions (www.telrad.com)
  2. ^ Point Broadband (point-broadband.com)
  3. ^ Point Broadband (point-broadband.com)
  4. ^ Telrad Networks (www.telrad.com)

Virginia School Division Improves Digital Equity with Kajeet Education Broadband™

Virginia School Division Improves Digital Equity With Kajeet Education Broadband™

Significant limitations on Internet access have impacted the ability of many of our students to do their homework and be fully engaged.

MCLEAN, Virginia (PRWEB)

Kajeet1, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, announces its expanded partnership with Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS)2 to improve digital equity, especially within rural areas in the division.

Under the program, FCPS students can check out Kajeet SmartSpot(R)3 devices – Wi-Fi hotspots – to gain mobile access to educational resources on the Internet. The devices, which are checked out through the schools’ media centers, are connected to the Kajeet Sentinel(R)4 platform. The platform enables the school to filter in educational materials, filter out unsafe and irrelevant content and manage data allocations. After successfully completing the pilot phase, the technology services department received additional funding for Phase Two where the division distributes Kajeet SmartSpot devices directly to students in three high schools, five middle schools and one alternative school. Now in the second year of its program, the division aims to provide annual funding for Kajeet Education Broadband.

Significant portions of Fauquier County have limited or no Wi-Fi connectivity, hence why FCPS turned to Kajeet to meet students’ needs to access the Internet to do online homework. Holistically, the county hopes to fund broadband expansion to rural areas over the next five years.

“We recognize that there is a digital equity issue in our county,” said Louis McDonald, director of technology services for FCPS. “Significant limitations on Internet access have impacted the ability of many of our students to do their homework and be fully engaged. We asked, ‘How can we provide our students – and our teachers – with a service that facilitates learning and helps our children succeed?’ We found the answer in our partnership with Kajeet.”

“Internet connectivity for homework is an acute need for students who do not have it. And there are many, many such students across America,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “As our teachers increase their reliance on technology and Internet resources to achieve success in the classroom, the need to ensure digital equity among all students intensifies. District leaders such as Fauquier County exhibit far-sighted leadership in meeting this need, and therefore investing in the success of their students.”

The Kajeet education filtering and management capabilities complement the division’s firewall and comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). These filters and policy management tools also keep students within their daily data limits. “The education filters help students stay focused when using the SmartSpot devices,” said McDonald. “This is a device to help you do your schoolwork, and device policies allow you to stay on task and avoid distractions.”

In addition, Sentinel provides a dashboard for administrators to better understand how students are using the devices outside the classroom, including which educational sites are accessed. McDonald noted that “the dashboard is very helpful.”

The Kajeet Education Broadband solution connects students outside the classroom through two robust nationwide 4G LTE networks so students are ready to connect to any device, anywhere. The Kajeet solution is designed to provide educational information and keep students on task without worry of data abuse. Kajeet has partnered with hundreds of schools and districts across the nation.

About Kajeet(R)
Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, is closing the Homework Gap in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides an affordable mobile broadband solution that connects low-income students to the resources needed to complete homework. The Kajeet SmartSpot(R) solution, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot combined with the innovative Sentinel(R) cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and provides mobile Internet connectivity for education without worry of data abuse. Kajeet products and services, which operates on both the Sprint and Verizon network, are protected by the following issued U.S. patents: 9,237,433; 9,137,389; 9,137,386; 9,125,057; 8,995,952; 8,929,857; 8,918,080; 8,774,755; 8,774,754; 8,755,768; 8,731,517; 8,725,109; 8,712,371; 8,706,079; 8,667,559; 8,644,796; 8,639,216; 8,634,803; 8,634,802; 8,634,801; 8,630,612; 8,611,885; 8,600,348; 8,594,619; 8,588,735; 8,285,249; 8,078,140; 7,945,238; 7,899,438; 7,881,697.

Other patents are pending.

For more information, please visit us at kajeet.net5.

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References

  1. ^ Kajeet (www.prweb.net)
  2. ^ Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) (www.prweb.net)
  3. ^ Kajeet SmartSpot(R) (www.prweb.net)
  4. ^ Kajeet Sentinel(R) (www.prweb.net)
  5. ^ kajeet.net (www.prweb.net)