Middle school in Vincennes Wins Sparklight’s “Dream Bigger” campaign

Middle school in Vincennes Wins Sparklight’s “Dream Bigger” campaign

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A southern Indiana middle school won Sparklight’s “Dream Bigger” campaign. The campaign gives money to schools that provide students with hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Clark Middle School in Vincennes was one of six schools awarded $2,500. The money will be going to the school’s robotics team. Engineering and robotics teacher Justin Kotter says his class has some big plans with this extra money.

“It’s really exciting, especially to see the excitement on the kids’ faces. We’ll be able to grow this program and be able to add another robot or two for the next year,” Kotter said.

Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum attended the ceremony. Students in the program showed the mayor and others who attended some of the robots they created this school year.

“Hunt.Fish.Feed.” Campaign to fight Hunger comes to Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne youth and families filled the gymnasium to learn about food insecurity with a unique dinner.

This is part of Comcast and Sportsman channel’s initiative to raise awareness of hunger in the United States. Terrece Fairgood’s daughter is a part of the youth program and says the event has an impact in several ways.

“To be here tonight is exceptional. She’s going to enjoy it. We get to see phenomenal chefs, and this is her dream to be a chef when she grows up,” Fairgood said.

The menu included Bison sloppy joes, potato salad with bacon and rosemary, fresh fruit salad, dessert, milk and juice. But raising awareness didn’t end with food.

Comcast also donated 20 laptops to the youth organization to advance digital equity. Mike Wilson says they want the community to understand the benefits that are out there, including their affordable connectivity program.

“It’s a $30 a month credit that the federal government gives out for internet service to those that qualify,” Wilson said. “There are a lot of questions sometimes in the minds of people in the community. Do I qualify for this? I don’t know how to sign up for it. We have people that are here to help people to navigate the Affordable Connectivity program.”

Fairgood says it’s always a joy to see people give back to the youth.

“Giving them the opportunity to have access to these resources so they can even use them over the summer time is phenomenal,” she said. ” I just love the fact that they continue to plant seeds into our youth’s future. Talia is going into the fifth grade, and I definitely will have her using that laptop in the summertime to work on her math.”

Boys & Girls Club’s president and CEO Joe Jordan says the event is special to them, and they are always about pushing the youth to learn from these different experiences.

“We want to make sure when the kids walk inside these doors,” he said. “We expose them to things they may have not been exposed to, if they didn’t come inside these doors. This is certainly an opportunity to do so tonight.”

Jordan says he is thankful for the volunteer’s collective impact and looks forward to having more events like this.

Source: Fox 55 – Fort Wayne

Hammond Indiana to Open a New Xfinity Store

November 1, 2018 – Comcast announced today that an Xfinity Store is set to open in Hammond, IN, at 1918 165th St. early next year.  The new store will give visitors hands-on experience with Xfinity’s range of products and services, from the company’s mobile phone service, Xfinity Mobilecable TV and high-speed Internet, to its home security platform, Xfinity Home.

The store also will feature iPads and other mobile devices visitors can use to explore Xfinity’s Android and iOS apps.  Apps range from: Xfinity Stream, which allows customers to watch live TV anywhere at home over WiFi, watch more than 200 live channels outside their homes, stream more than 70,000 On Demand choices on-the-go and download movies and TV shows; and Xfinity WiFi, which allows customers to search for locations of the network’s more than 19 million hotspots across the country and more than 1.7 million in the region; to xFi, which allows high-speed Internet customers to personalize and control their home networks.


“The stores are awesome places to visit and learn more about Xfinity products and services from the trained store staff,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region senior vice president.  “Visitors are welcome to come in and experience our products and services like they would at home.”

Along with product and service demos, customers will be able to pay bills, pick up and return equipment and get assistance from trained, knowledgeable sales and service consultants.  Store hours will be Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

For more information about Xfinity products, services and retail stores, call 1-(800)-XFINITY or visit https://comca.st/2P21yMd.

Discovery Channel Announces Shark Week 2019

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is the longest-running, most anticipated televised event. This year Shark
Week will feature over 20 hours of original programming and will premiere “Capsized: Blood in the Water,” a
film based on a true shark encounter in October of 1982. Shark Week 2019 will also feature a new show, “Shark
Trip” where actor, comedian Rob Riggle dives into shark-filled water along with a list celebrity friends:
Anthony Anderson, Adam Devine, Joel McHale, and Damon Wayans Jr.

Shark Week programming airs Sunday, July 28 to Sunday, August 4. Shows airing include:

Expedition Unknown: Megalodon
Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum.
Sharks of the Badlands
Legend of Deep Blue
The Sharks of Headstone Hell
Sharkwrecked: Crash Landing
Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters
Air Jaws Strikes Back
Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark
Capsized: Blood in the Water
Return to Shark Island
Great White Kill Zone: Guadalupe
Monster Mako: Perfect Predator
Isle of Jaws: Blood Brothers
Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver
I was Prey: Shark Week
Sharks Gone Wild 2
Shark Week Immersion

Discovery Channel doesn’t want to leave any fans behind and will be immersing viewers in the Shark Week
experience through digital and social media platforms. Discovery Channel will be introducing a 360 multi-
platform experience uncovering the latest shark discoveries around the globe. During Shark Week, viewers can
use the Discovery GO app to find exclusive in-app original programming such as The Daily Bite.
The Daily Bite offers a daily dive into the most exciting developments in shark sightings and science this year
with commentary from Shark Week experts. App users will also gain access to an exclusive behind-the-scenes
look at “Capsized: Blood in the Water,” featuring interviews from cast and crew plus an interview from a real-
life shark attack survivor.

The Snapchat app will be featuring Shark Week content again this year. Shark expert, Luke Tipple, will be
diving into a shark filled location in the Bahamas to test the most popular shark myths. Shark Week episodes
will be featured on Snapchat on July 28, July 30, and August 1.

About Discovery Channel:

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its
consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to
88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling,
high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology,
exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations
that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a
passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery
delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved
content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery
is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO
portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand;
digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content
partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf.
Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC,
Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN:
Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of
locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please
visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County receives $10,000 grant from Comcast Foundation to expand its My.Future Technology Initiative

September 26, 2018 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County (BGCSJC) announced today that it received a $10,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to help expand its My.Future technology initiative, which uses hands-on technology training designed to equip club kids with the skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy. Comcast announced that the grant will provide club staff with training and funding to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and technology the club can use to fully implement and teach the My.Future curriculum.

My.Future is a cutting-edge technology education initiative that provides hands-on experience and enables BGCSJC members to select from more than 40 activities to help them understand how to safely and productively engage online, and identify and develop digital interests – from Internet basics for technology beginners, to robotics, coding, game design and online journalism for advanced learners.

“We’re thrilled that Comcast is partnering with the club on My.Future,” said Kristen Cassady, BGCSJC executive director. “The Comcast Foundation grant will give club members the opportunity to interact with all sorts of technologies and develop skills that will help them succeed in school and, later, in the workforce.”

Comcast NBCUniversal has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs for nearly 20 years, supporting digital literacy and providing youth with the skills needed to succeed in the digital economy. In 2014, Comcast NBCUniversal and Boys & Girls Clubs of America entered into a five-year partnership to support the development and launch of My.Future, a technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

Since 2011, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation have dedicated more than $240 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital readiness initiatives nationwide, reaching nearly 3.2 million people through non-profit, digital literacy partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Comcast has supported local Boys & Girls Clubs for more than a decade, providing more than $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions.

Spectrum Housing Assist Repairs Home for Indianapolis Woman

70-year-old Ernestine lives alone in her home of 40 years. Ernestine worked as a law clerk for 20 years before severe back issues forced her into early retirement. For the past 11 years since Ernestine’s husband has passed, she has not been able to keep up with the repair work on her home.

Charter’s Spectrum Housing Assist program came to Ernestine’s rescue and with the help of nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, they made critical repairs to Ernestine’s home. The repairs made on Ernestine’s home included: concrete step repair, painting, landscaping, and safety items in the home.

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Charter is committed to improving communities and impacting lives where our customers and employees live and work. Through their philanthropic initiative, Spectrum Housing Assist, Spectrum partners with nonprofit organizations and engages employees and community volunteers in order to provide critical home repairs across the United States.

Charter’s national nonprofit partner is Rebuilding Together, an organization that rebuilds homes and strengthens our country’s most vulnerable communities with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades.

Charter has a strong presence in Indiana – and is committed to bringing this national initiative to life in communities in which we live and work. As of 2018, nearly 3,500 employees have rolled up their sleeves and volunteered more than 20,000 hours to improve more than 14,000 homes nationwide

Comcast Cares Day Benefits Indiana Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – On May 4, 2019 approximately 1,000 Comcast volunteers came together to help revitalize neighborhoods in central Indiana.

Comcast Indiana Spokesman Mike Wilson spoke on the work they would be doing for Comcast Cares Day by saying,

“We’ll go out and help Boys and Girls Club, and Girls Inc. of Indiana and Easter Seals and go to a location and do any number of things like mulch work or helping with landscaping,”

Comcast is committed to service and volunteer work. During the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day, more than 100,000 volunteers participated all around the country.

Comcast Hosts Food Network Star, Robert Irvine in Indiana

FISHERS — Comcast Business hosted an event at the Indiana Internet of Things Lab on September 13, 2018. Comcast’s Internet of Things, kitchen edition included a very special guest, Robert Irvine. Irvine, a seasoned Food Network host, spoke on how the Internet of Things within the kitchen can transform the way chefs prepare food.

Comcast Business planned this event due to their investment in The Yard development in Fishers. The Yard is a $40 million investment bringing a new dining district, shopping, and the Indiana Internet of Things Lab into Fishers. Comcast, as the Internet partner for the Indiana Internet of Things Lab, wanted to provide a learning opportunity to new and experienced restauranteurs by providing them an opportunity to learn from a world renown chef who uses these technologies in the kitchen on a daily basis.

Indiana Internet of Things Lab founder, John Wechsler, spoke on the new opportunities chefs may be able to take part in with upcoming technology,

“There are many industries on the verge of being completely transformed by technology. It’s critical we raise awareness to engage our entrepreneurs in this transformation and with the culinary incubator at The Yard at Fishers District in full development, the timing is significant.”

Indiana High School Students Receive Comcast NBCUniversal Scholarships

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Each year, Comcast NBCUniversal awards high school students around the country with their Leaders and Achievers scholarships. Since its origin in 2001, the Leaders and Achievers scholarship has awarded almost $33 million to high school students. Students awarded these scholarships must have engaged in community service, exhibited outstanding character qualities, proven leadership capability, and maintained a 3.0 average GPA.

Comcast NBCUniversal awarded $192,000 in 2019-2020 Leaders and Achievers scholarships to 72 students. These one-time scholarships for upcoming undergraduates amount to $2,500 to be used for education-related expenses.

The eight high school Hoosiers receiving scholarships from Comcast NBCUniversal can be found below.

Mary Beatty – Plymouth High School – Plymouth, IN
Jacob Forsythe – John Adams High School – South Bend, IN
Daniel Heredia – Hammond High School – Hammond, IN
Connor Kulp – Goshen High School – Goshen, IN
Chelsye Roberts – Thea Bowman Leadership Academy – Gary, IN
Fernanda Robles – Concord Community High School – Elkhart, IN
Faith Spencer – Hobart High School – Hobart, IN
Bryleigh Towell – Rochester Community High School – Rochester, IN

Broadband Leaders are Transforming Rural Indiana

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The National Cable and Telecommunications Association partnered with the Rural Broadband Caucus to host a panel in Washington, DC. This panel provided member companies the ability to share programs and initiatives they are implementing to expand broadband to underserved areas.

Representative Peter Welch of Vermont said, “If we’re going to make any progress in revitalizing rural America, then broadband is just bottom line essential.”

Our members who attended this panel spoke about programs they are implementing all across the country to improve rural broadband for Hoosiers.

Comcast spoke on their promise to make sure unserved areas are “tightly defined,” so that areas with little or no broadband access are targeted precisely.

Mediacom has now deployed one gigabit service to 98% of its service area. Mediacom has proven their capability to bring “small-town America” up to speed and vows to reach more rural areas.

Charter spoke on their trials using fixed wireless technology to bring broadband to rural America. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Colleen King said, “We’re looking to see how we can use new wireless technologies to expand the reach of our network.”


Charter is currently working with the Federal Communications Commission to open up the potential possibilities for unlicensed spectrum, allowing providers to expand beyond the normal fiber network.