LOS ANGELES – Charter Communications, Inc. today announced that it is working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the country’s second largest school district, to help thousands of families who lack robust internet connectivity at home enroll in the Spectrum Enterprise Stay Connected K-12 solution, which is provided at no cost for students. The Stay Connected K-12 offering is part of the District’s broader efforts to help close the digital divide in its communities and make it easier for all students to fulfill their academic potential.
Stay Connected K-12 provides schools the ability to offer high-speed, reliable broadband internet access directly to their students in their own homes so learning and teaching are uninterrupted. Participating families are not billed for the service.
“Without reliable internet access, our students don’t have what they need to learn,” said Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of LAUSD. “It’s as simple as that. Los Angeles Unified is relentless in our efforts to equip our students with the resources they need to achieve their full academic potential.”
Stay Connected K-12 combines the robust speeds and rich features of Spectrum internet with simplified program management and billing for local districts through Spectrum Enterprise. Students and their families can benefit from:
- Download speeds up to 100 Mbps to support video collaboration and large file transfers.
- In-home WiFi to connect all of the WiFi enabled devices in the residence.
- Self-installation kit with modem and router that allows families to get connected quickly and easily, with no intervention required from schools/districts.
- 24/7/365 technical support, relieving schools/districts of the responsibility of technical support for the end-user connections.
“Robust and reliable internet connectivity at-home plays a key role in bridging the digital divide and helping students to succeed. Spectrum Enterprise designed Stay Connected K-12 to be a turnkey solution so that it is easier for educators to provide an optimal learning experience for all their students,” said Bill Archer, Charter Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Enterprise.
Stay Connected K-12 also maximizes flexibility for districts, allowing them to add students to the program when needed, with no minimum term commitment on any of the connections.
Charter is partnering with LAUSD officials to help make families aware of the Stay Connected K-12 service and quickly connect students. After signing up to participate, families will receive Spectrum modems by mail and should follow the simple self-install instructions. Customer support is available 24 hours a day.
About Los Angeles Unified School District
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The District covers 710 square miles and includes Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Los Angeles County. For more information, visit achieve.lausd.net/domain/4.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.
Dennis Johnson, Charter Communications
Karen Eldred, Spectrum Enterprise