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Technicolor Helps Out Charter With Device Donations to Provide COVID-19 Broadband Access

To help families without internet access during stay-at-home orders, Technicolor has donated 30,000 broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) devices to Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., to help support delivery of broadband throughout the company’s footprint.

The goal is to help provide families without internet access maintain children’s education via remote learning, following the closing of schools and non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Beyond education, this initiative by Charter enables families across America to obtain news, telehealth services and public information from authorities as this crisis continues. Working with Charter to support families without internet access is a way for Technicolor to serve those in need — especially in this critical time,” said Eric Rutter, president of the Americas for Technicolor Connected Home.

On March 16, Charter first began offering Spectrum internet with in-home Wi-Fi at no charge for 60 days to non-subscribers who have school-aged children. Later, Charter offered the same to professional educators. Now, Charter is extending that offer through June 30.

“Broadband internet access has proved absolutely essential throughout this pandemic,” said Tom Adams, Charter Communications EVP of field operations. “Broadband has helped ensure that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, stay informed and remain engaged with family and friends during this unprecedented time. Technicolor’s donation will help us meet strong consumer response to our internet offer, supporting our commitment to help Americans get and stay connected.”

The CPE devices donated by Technicolor are being provided to Charter customers already, and the equipment is in compliance with Charter’s quality control and security standards.