Charter’s Low-Income Broadband Proposal Could Connect Seniors and Families, But Merger Issues Remain

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Today, Character Communications announced the details of a low-cost broadband service that the provider promises to offer to low-income families and struggling seniors. According to Charter, if its merger with Time Warner Cable is approved, the service will deliver 30/4 Mbps speeds for $14.99 per month.

The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:

"Although we still have significant concerns about Charter's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, we also recognize that some of the commitments that Charter has made could serve as a model for the rest of the cable and broadband industry. For example, its commitment not to impose data caps on its users.

"Similarly, Charter's effort to make it easier for low-income seniors and families with children to access broadband service has many good attributes, including fast broadband speeds. In conjunction with a modernized Lifeline program, Charter's proposal can help the nation achieve universal affordable access."

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