Nick Pavlis, Director, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, center, is joined by Johnson County Schools officials along with Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) during a check prersentaion of a $5,000 donation to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) program offered in Mountain City. The event also focused on Charter’s efforts to promote the company’s Spectrum Internet Assist program in the region. Photo by Tamas Mondovics.

By Tamas Mondovics
EDITOR

As part of a continuous commitment to expand broadband access, representatives of Charter Communications, Inc. joined state Rep. Timothy Hill and Johnson County High School officials this week and presented a $5,000 donation to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) program offered in Mountain City.

The event also focused on Charter’s efforts to promote the company’s Spectrum Internet Assist program in the region.

The donation and presentation were held at Johnson County High School, located 290 Fairground Hill in Mountain City. The TCAT program provides vocational training to students who would otherwise have to travel over an hour and a half for the same type of education.

Nick Pavlis, Director, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, was on hand to present the donation and to emphasize the benefits of Spectrum Internet Assist to the school and guests including Spectrum Internet Assist service, which delivers eligible customers low-cost broadband speeds three times faster than comparable services offered by competitors, and exceeds the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of “high-speed.”

“Spectrum Internet Assist helps bring a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to low-income families and seniors,” said, Pavlis.

Spectrum Internet Assist is now available throughout the company’s 41-state service area.

Pavlis added that Spectrum Internet Assist is an essential next step in providing true high-speed connections to consumers who would otherwise continue to face a digital inequality in this country.

“It’s crucial for 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,” he said.

Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill was also on hand to express his appreciation to Charter for their interest in the community, “I would like to thank you for your investment in this facility and the future of our students.

Johnson County Schools director Mischelle Simcox agreed and added that the donation and Charter’s interest in the community will, without a doubt, make a huge difference in the student’s success and the community.

-“Johnson County has a family atmosphere,” she said. “Supporting program’s like TCAT will only help them prepare for life.”

Spectrum Internet
Assist includes:
$14.99/mo. for a 30/4 Mbps speed package
· Includes all standard internet features; e.g., email, security suite
· Includes a modem at no additional charge
$5.00/month for Spectrum WiFi
· Includes a router
· Price cannot be increased during the life of the program
· Activation fee waived
Additional Services
· Spectrum Internet Assist may be bundled with other services at no change in the Spectrum Internet Assist price.
· When adding Spectrum TV® service, current promotions may be applied (existing/new Spectrum Voice® service may be charged at the bundled price).
· Professional installation rates for TV and voice services apply.
· Standard billing and collection processes apply.

Spectrum Internet Assist eligibility
• Families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program
• Seniors 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program benefits
• Additional criteria:
• Current Spectrum TV and Spectrum Voice customers who meet one of the two criteria above may enroll.
• Prospective enrollees cannot have had a broadband subscription from Spectrum within 60 days of signing up.
• Eligible participants will not need to undergo a credit check, but they must clear any outstanding debt with Spectrum from the previous 12 months.

To assist consumers with the eligibility process and enrollment, Charter hosts a dedicated Spectrum Internet Assist website: www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com. Prospective enrollees may also call the Spectrum Internet Assist toll-free helpline at 1-844-525-1574 for assistance. More information about Charter can be found at newsroom.charter.com.