Charter offers affordable broadband option for low-income families and seniors

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Charter Communications is hoping to help bridge the digital divide for low-income families and seniors by providing affordable broadband access.

Spectrum Internet Assist is a service is offered anywhere Spectrum is available for just under 15 dollars a month. Families with children who are part of the National School Lunch Program and seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income qualify.

De'Kendrea Stamps with East Madison Community Center said this is an encouraging, especially for kids who use the center.

"Having access to the internet really does level the playing field. They have friends that they go to school with that may have been able to have gotten a project done faster because that student may have internet at home, whereas they don't have access to a computer or the internet in their home." Said Stamps.

Friday, Charter Communications was joined by State Representative Melissa Sargent, DANEnet and East Madison Community Center to promote the Spectrum Internet Assist. Charter also announced it will contribute five thousand dollars to DANEnet to fund digital literacy workshops and one thousand dollars to the East Madison Community Center to support youth programing.

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