Charter to promote digital literacy

Published 10:49 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018

Charter Communications Inc. will present the East Suffolk Recreation Center with a $3,000 donation to help support its digital literacy program for seniors at the Taste of Suffolk Festival on the main stage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Charter Communications hopes the donation brings attention to the company’s low-cost, high-speed broadband service, Spectrum Internet Assist. The service offers eligible families low-cost internet that meets and exceeds the Federal Communication Commission’s definition of high-speed internet. A standard feature of their program is email, security software and a modem for no extra charge.

Families that participate in the National School Lunch Program are eligible for the service, and seniors are also eligible if they are over 65 and receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

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Eligible participants won’t need to undergo a credit check with Charter Communications, but they do need to clear any debt with Charter before signing up.

Mayor Linda Johnson will be attending the event.

“In order to complete school assignments at home, access health care online, communicate with friends and start a business, an internet connection is vitally important to families of today,” Johnson stated in a press release. “We applaud Charter Communications for their commitment to closing the digital divide for eligible low-income seniors and families.”

“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,” Charter Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rutledge stated in a press release.

Charter Communications has launched a dedicated website to assist with the enrollment process. Those wishing to enroll can visit or call 1-844-525-1574.