“Through Stay Connected K-12, the Spectrum Enterprise team is helping close the digital divide, providing the high quality connectivity needed to have a successful educational experience,” said Bill Archer, Charter Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Enterprise. “The turnkey solution is easy for school administrators to put into place, freeing them to maximize their focus on learning and student achievement.”
Charter is already connecting thousands of students and educators through Stay Connected K-12 agreements throughout its 41-state footprint and is working with officials at Buffalo Public Schools to connect students quickly.
“Teachers and staff across Buffalo Public Schools are dedicated to providing each child equal access to high-quality education. We are grateful to the Buffalo Bills and Spectrum Enterprise for helping to ensure that we continue to deliver on that promise,” said Myra Burden, Chief Technology Officer for Buffalo Public Schools in Buffalo, New York.
“It is such an amazing feeling that we were able to help so many kids out,” said Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. “It’s a crazy time we are dealing with as so many kids are not able to go to school. The fact that we were able to provide so many homes with a simple tool such as the internet so they could continue their education is an incredible feeling. I know how important education is. It can help a long way to get you out of any situation you are in. The fact that we were able to provide these resources for these kids so that they can better themselves and continue their learning process, I’m ecstatic, and I know my teammates are super happy. And we just want to wish them nothing but the best.”
The addition of Stay Connected K-12 builds on the relationship that Spectrum Enterprise has enjoyed with Buffalo Public Schools for over 30 years, and expands on the company’s dedication to expanding broadband access during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included connecting 448,000 students, teachers, and their families to broadband service for 60 days at no cost; protecting from disconnection 700,000 customers who indicated economic hardship due to COVID-19; and forgiving $85 million in customers’ overdue balances.
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