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New low-cost internet service offered to some in region

New low-cost internet service offered to some in region

Income-eligible families, seniors can get online for $14.99 per month
New low-cost internet service offered to some in region
The Charter Communications logo at the company’s office in Stamford, Conn., on May 28, 2015.
Photographer: Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Charter Communications on Wednesday will announce the launch a low-cost, high-speed broadband internet service in the Capital Region: Spectrum Internet Assist.

The new service will deliver speeds of 30 megabytes per second downstream and 4 Mbps upstream at a monthly cost of $14.99 for those who qualify.

The service is available to families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors age 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.

Current phone and video customers who meet either of those criteria above can enroll in Spectrum Internet Assist, provided they have not had a Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks broadband subscription within the previous 30 days.

They will not need to undergo a credit check but they must clear any outstanding debt with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks from the previous 12 months.

Officials with Charter Communications will join with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy to announce the new service at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mont Pleasant Boys & Girls Club, 1104 Webster St.

“As mayor, I’ve made bridging the digital divide a priority of my administration,” McCarthy said in a prepared statement. “Access to high-speed broadband is vital for all of us to compete and participate in today’s society, whether it’s running a business, going to school or keeping in touch with loved ones. Charter’s commitment to providing affordable internet access to people and families who currently don’t have it gives a huge boost to our effort to close the digital divide, and improve the social and economic future of our community.”

Tom Rutledge, chairman and CEO of Charter Communications, said: “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.”

Introduction of Spectrum Internet Assist in the Capital Region is part of a wider rollout.

Information about enrollment is available online at www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com or by calling 1-844-525-1574.

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