NEW YORK CITY, January 30, 2015 – As part of a multi-year effort to provide New Yorkers with free access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers, Time Warner Cable officially opened one of its Learning Labs at Penn South Social Services in Manhattan on January 29. The $54,000 grant from Time Warner Cable funded Penn South Social Services with new computers, computer software and a LED television. Time Warner Cable Business Class increased the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with an organization that serves as a strong voice for the Senior Citizens community in New York City,” said John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable. “Time Warner Cable shares the goal of connectivity where all interested Americans subscribe to broadband service - this Learning Lab will empower all groups with easy access to specialized e-learning programs and is another step to helping bridge the digital divide.”
“The board of directors of Penn South Social Services is very excited to be able to offer this valuable resource to our community. There are many of our cooperators that will now be connected because of this special facility and look forward to developing more programs like the OATS program in partnership with Time Warner Cable,” said Bonnie Williams, President of Penn South Social Services, Inc.
State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said, "I’m very grateful to Time Warner Cable and Older Adult Technology Services for working to create this wonderful state-of-the-art computer learning lab at Penn South. As new technologies become central to keeping in touch with friends and relatives, managing medical and financial records, and engaging with government, it is vital that we foster computer literacy to help seniors keep up with the information age."
As part of its franchise renewal with the City of New York in 2011, Time Warner Cable has committed to open 40 Learning Labs in New York City by 2020 - providing low income communities with free access to computers and high-speed Internet. Time Warner Cable’s total investment to equip these 40 facilities will exceed $2 million, plus the additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as The Center, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies for the people they serve.
Time Warner Cable has opened 16 learning labs throughout New York City. Labs are currently located at the YWCA in Manhattan, Woodside on the Move in Woodside, Queens, Red Hook Initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation in Far Rockaway, Queens. Labs have also opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge, Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island, as well as at the Chinese-American Planning Council in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood. Harlem is presently home to three labs, including the Police Athletic League Center, the James Weldon Johnson Community Center and the Ali Forney Center.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About Penn South Social Services, Inc. (PSSS)
Penn South Social Services, Inc. (PSSS), is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc. (a.k.a. Penn South Coop) by providing a variety of programs including educational, cultural, and recreational activities to seniors and non-seniors alike to improve the quality of life for residents of the Penn South Co-op and the Chelsea neighborhood.
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 enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and 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.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small-and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its phone, Internet, Ethernet, cable TV and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998, offering high-speed Internet to small businesses. Today, it serves approximately 450,000 business customers throughout Time Warner Cable’s markets. For more information, please visit http://www.twcbc.com.