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Comcast is offering an Internet plan at $9.95 per month for qualifying low-income families.
The media and communications giant's Internet Essentials plan provides Internet access at speeds of 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) and also offers other qualifying customers a netbook computer for $149.99 when signing up for the service.
To qualify, families must live in an area covered by Comcast and have at least one child who receives free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
The $10 Internet plan comes after the Federal Communications Commission ordered Comcast to offer affordable Internet access for low-income families following its purchase of NBC Universal in January.
Comcast, a company spokesman said Wednesday, had already been working on offering a low-income program prior to approval of the NBC Universal deal. That program has evolved into the Internet Essentials plan, which Comcast began offering in Chicago in late May.
“The Internet has the potential to be a great equalizer and a life-changing technology," said Davi Cohen, Comcast Executive Vice President, in a statement. "Internet Essentials will help level the playing field for low-income families."
Along with the $9.95 low monthly rate and the $149.99 netbook, the plan also offers qualifying families access to free Internet training and promises "No price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees," according to a Comcast Web page.
Customers can stay on the Internet Essentials plan as long as their child continues to receive free lunches.
To learn more about this program, visit http://www.internetessentials.com.
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August 12, 2013 (Jackson, Miss.) - Mississippi Cable Telecommunications Association recently sponsored a National 811 Day run/walk hosted by the Mississippi Damage Prevention Council. The event was designed to bring awareness to the importance of calling 811.
Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey said "National 811 Day is a reminder to citizens to obey the law and take precaution by calling 811 prior to any digging project. I encourage the community to take part in the race this Saturday and help educate others about the 811 law."
Mississippians are connected to a local call center when calling 811. 811 notifies appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested site to mark the appropriate locations of underground lines using flags and spray paint. For more information on MS 811 and safe digging practices, visit www.ms811.org.
August 8, 2013 – Phoenix, AZ – Cable ONE was recently named 2013 Independent Operator of the Year by Cable FAX Magazine.
Presented annually by Cable FAX Magazine and sponsored by the American Cable Association and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), this honor recognizes an ACA/NCTC independent cable operator that has distinguished itself by exemplifying excellence in service, sales, marketing, community service, and industry advocacy.
“We want to thank all 2,100 of our associates for their dedication and commitment to Cable ONE and the communities we serve,” said Cable ONE President and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Might. “Our continued success is a testament to the work they do day in and day out to serve our customers.“
Cable ONE has had a busy 12 months, starting with an investment of nearly $60 million in an infrastructure upgrade which will provide Cable ONE customers with enhanced speed, reliability, and quality in their Internet, cable, and phone service. The project, which began in 2012 and will continue through 2014, will impact the majority of Cable ONE’s 42 markets.
“We’re committed to delivering the best possible experience to our customers,” Might said. “We’re confident that this investment will ensure that our customers will receive superior service in the speed, reliability, and the overall performance of our services.”
Cable ONE’s continued focus on delivering outstanding service to its customers led to a recent ranking by PC Magazine, which named the company as one of the top 10 fastest Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the nation.
Earlier this year, the company backed its belief in the quality and reliability of its services with the implementation of a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee for new and existing customers who subscribe to any new service with Cable ONE.
“We believe strongly in the reliability of our products and services and we’re committed to providing our customers with cutting-edge technology and on-going enhancements,” said Joe Felbab, Cable ONE Vice President of Marketing.
Cable ONE is also responding to customer demand for increased programming content online with its launch of TV Everywhere, which allows customers to stream their favorite shows and movies from their computer, tablet, or smart phone; and ESPN3 for sports fans who subscribe to Cable ONE high speed Internet service.
This fall, Cable ONE will begin offering TiVo, based on feedback from customers.
“TiVo will allow our customers to get the best of TV and the web in one amazing service,” Felbab said. “It will provide our customers the opportunity to personalize their whole home-home entertainment experience.”
For more information, call (602) 364-6372.
About Cable ONE
Serving 730,000 customers in 19 states with high speed Internet, cable television, and telephone service, Cable ONE provides consumers a wide range of the latest products and services, including wireless Internet service, High-Definition programming, and phone service with free, unlimited long distance calling in the continental U.S.
Cable ONE Public Relations Manager
Comcast recently announced the launch of its new X1 video platform. Over the past several years, Comcast has invested $1.6 billion in technology and infrastructure to meet customers’ needs by delivering quality products and services.
Using cloud-enabled technologies, the X1 Platform offers a completely new and more personalized TV experience that provides access to Comcast’s massive library of live and on-demand video presented with a new, much more graphically pleasing on-screen guide along with popular apps like Facebook and Pandora.
The new DVR-enabled X1 boxes enable customers to record four shows and watch a fifth at the same time using AnyRoom® DVR service. With AnyRoom® DVR service customers can watch recorded shows in any room, start watching a recording in one room and then finish in another, or even have different recordings play in different rooms at the same time.
X1 features include:
· A main screen with a new, easy-to-read and -search guide and interface that enables fast, one-click access to a variety of video content and allows customers to access a host of information about the programs they’re watching and related programming;
· The ability to search TV listings, DVR recordings, and Xfinity On Demand for content simultaneously;
· Weather, sports and real-time traffic apps, all specially designed and scaled for use on a TV screen (X1 DVR boxes also include Pandora and Facebook apps);
· An enhanced remote control for the X1 DVR box that’s highly responsive and does not have to be pointed straight at the box to work; and
· The ability to display the highest resolution supported by many new TVs, 1080P at 60 frames per second.
“X1 truly makes the TV experience smarter, more powerful and more personalized than ever before,” said Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Marketing for Tennessee, Kerry McKelvey. “This new cloud-based platform gives us the flexibility to continually provide our customers with the newest technology and deliver the best entertainment experience available anywhere today.”
X1 Remote app lets customers control X1 via motions, gestures, and voice control
The new companion X1 Remote app (available for free for the iPhone and iPod Touch devices via the iOS app store), lets customers use motions, gestures and voice commands to control the X1. For example, customers can actually swipe their iPhones or iPod Touches to page through the interactive TV guides and program personalized short-cuts and favorites (“Quick Links”). They can also shake their devices to pause On Demand content and even use voice commands to navigate the guide and search for content.
In addition, X1 lets customers search through tens of thousands of programming choices using either their iPhones’ or iPod Touches’ virtual keyboards, or they can simply say into these devices, “Show me all action movies on HBO.” The app also has the ability to filter content by genre, whether it’s offered in high-definition, and other criteria, as well as control the DVR and interact with X1’s social media tools and apps.
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George King, General Manager of SuddenLink in Greenville/Greenwood recently made several important stops visiting with elected officials in the Mississippi Delta.
Pictured L to R: George King, MCTA Board Member & General Manager of Sudden Link;
Mayor of Greenville John Cox
Pictured L to R: Chairman Buck Clarke, Senate Appropriations Committee;
George King, MCTA Board Member & General Manager of SuddenLink Communications in Greenville/Greenwood