From Sandra Williams', Director of State Government Affairs at Charter Communications, op-ed on Cleveland.com:
I read with interest the recent story about local nonprofits bringing digital literacy to Cleveland residents. (“College student found his real passion,” Sep. 6.)
Such efforts should be applauded and seen within a wider, more inclusive context. Inspiring efforts to help everyone in our city embrace the internet and its benefits, including better access to education, employment, and healthcare, is a worthy undertaking.
In my time in the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, and now in the private sector, I’ve been astounded by the many effective programs being offered. Spectrum has been a day-one participant in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides qualified Cleveland households up to $30 per month toward internet service.
Spectrum is also working with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to expand broadband internet into vulnerable communities, and supporting multiple nonprofits to improve both digital skills and education, helping thousands.
There are many other companies and collaborative efforts that are connecting our city to broadband – and the future. Let’s recognize and celebrate all this momentum.