New York City (June 14, 2012) Due to the ongoing success of helping to foster greater digital inclusion in New York City, Time Warner Cable and CFY today announced the extension of a partnership that will bring deeply discounted broadband access to more deserving New York City families. CFY, a leading national nonprofit organization helping students, teachers and families to harness the power of digital learning, has worked with Time Warner Cable since 2010 to bring broadband Internet to more New Yorkers regardless of their social or economic status. Time Warner Cable has committed to extend its relationship with CFY to 2013.
Time Warner Cable’s partnership with CFY is through NYC Connected Foundations and NYC Connected Learning, citywide initiatives managed by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and the New York City Department of Education. The initiatives are funded by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Through the NYC Connected Foundations and NYC Connected Learning initiatives, Time Warner Cable offers complimentary or significantly-discounted broadband Internet services to eligible families who do not have existing broadband service.
“Not having Internet access can slow down a person’s life in very real ways, from a child not being able to properly research school projects to a parent not being able to conduct online job searches,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for NYC. “We’re committed to our partnership with CFY to improve the lives of New York City families by giving them discounted broadband service and access to the Internet’s immense resources.”
Time Warner Cable’s partnership with CFY started in 2010 when Time Warner Cable began offering deeply discounted home broadband services for families in through NYC Connected Learning, a program offered in 72 public middle schools. Through the NYC Connected Foundations (www.connectedfoundations.org) and NYC Connected Learning (www.nycconnectedlearning.org) programs, close to 3,000 families have applied for the discount program. In addition to low-cost Internet services, Time Warner Cable provides infrastructure support to help CFY process program applicants and one-on-one coaching from the many TWC employees who chose to volunteer for CFY.
In the 2011-2012 school year, through the NYC Connected Foundations initiative, Time Warner Cable began to also offer discounts to eligible transfer high school students across New York City. Transfer schools are small, academically rigorous, full-time high schools designed to re-engage students who are behind in high school or have dropped out. NYC Connected Foundations serves more than 5,000 students and aims to improve the college and career readiness of New York City transfer students and increase their access and adoption of web-based technologies.
“At CFY, we believe that the promise of digital learning lies in its ability to engage students in the classroom and extend student learning outside the classroom and into the home,” said Cindy Menz-Erb, CFY-New York City Executive Director. “Our partnership with Time Warner Cable is helping CFY partner schools realize this promise: students and their parents now have fast access to valuable online learning tools at home, including CFY’s PowerMyLearning.com platform, and teachers now have more options to foster learning during out-of-school time.”
Simple access to broadband technologies in schools, the community and at home is essential to improving educational success and general quality of life. Time Warner Cable believes that access to technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, especially for children and has been providing free Internet connections to many K-12 schools and libraries in New York for more than a decade.
A recent survey commissioned by Time Warner Cable found that one quarter (25%) of all New Yorkers who visit a community or recreation center appreciate having access to a computer with high-speed Internet. The service ranked even higher with African American and Hispanic New Yorkers who ranked it at 33% and 27%, respectively. If New Yorkers had to trim budgets, those asked responded that they would rather give up taxi rides (75%) and even cell service (14%) before cutting Internet (7%).
To further promote the expansion of broadband services to all Americans, Time Warner Cable has pledged to carry $1 million worth of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC). The PSA series emphasizes the importance of broadband Internet adoption for economic success in the 21st Century economy, particularly for struggling communities.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
About CFY-New York City
CFY is a national education nonprofit that helps students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes. CFY pursues this mission through the combination of its groundbreaking K-12 learning platform, PowerMyLearning.com, and its on-the-ground direct service initiative, the CFY Digital Learning Program. PowerMyLearning.com makes best-in-class digital learning activities easily accessible and usable to meet the full range of K-12 learning needs. It is an integral part of CFY’s Digital Learning Program which provides training for teachers, students and their parents along with a free broadband-ready home computer loaded with educational software and 24×7 bilingual help desk support. CFY-New York City has been providing services to NYC families for more than a decade and has served over 25,000 families to date, including more than 8,500 families during the 2011-2012 academic year. More information about CFY is available at www.cfy.org
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.