New York State’s relationship with Charter Spectrum may be on the rocks, but the City of Rochester is now strengthening its relationship with the cable provider.
Monday, the city and Spectrum announced the partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. The company is providing a $50,000 grant to expand digital literacy programs in five libraries across Monroe County.
The programs provide free services to individuals interested in learning basic computer skills.
“Our digital literacy leaders are meeting one-to-one to help individuals try to cross that digital divide with everything from applying for a job to accessing benefits and finding information online and so we’re excited to be a part of this venture and to be joined by a new partner Spectrum,” said Robert Mahar, the executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester.
New York’s Public Service Commission took steps last week to kick Charter Spectrum out of the state, saying the company failed numerous times to expand its network into rural areas among other problems.
Charter now has 60 days to plan for an “orderly transition” to find another cable provider.
The city says they’re not worried about the company’s issues with the state at this time.