Time Warner Cable’s new owner is offering discount, high-speed internet service to low-income families.
Time Warner Cable, recently rebranded as Spectrum under owner Charter Communications, announced the launch of a $ 14.99-per-month service for eligible customers. The package includes email boxes, security software and a modem.
State regulators gave the Connecticut-based communication company permission last year to buy Time Warner Cable on the condition that it upgrade broadband speeds and expand high-speed Web service to low-income consumers.
City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) and Public Advocate Letitia James supported the sale conditions.
“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,” James said in a statement.
Charter Communications completed its $ 67 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks last year, making it the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S.
Those eligible for “Spectrum Internet Assist” include families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program, as well as seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.
The program launch comes as Charter Communications, the state’s biggest internet provider, faces charges that it knowingly delivered speeds far slower than promised, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office filed a suit against the firm in February.
That case is pending.