Senator Lesser Welcomes Charter's New Low-Cost High-Speed Internet to Chicopee

“Having no internet in the twenty-first century is like having no electricity in the twentieth or no running water in the nineteenth,” Lesser said

CHICOPEE — On Monday, Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Chicopee Mayor Richard J. Kos, the Chicopee Council on Aging and representatives of Charter Communications to celebrate the launch of Charter’s new low-cost, high-speed broadband internet service, Spectrum Internet Assist.

The new service is a low-cost broadband option for eligible families and seniors, bringing high-speed internet to communities in Chicopee who previously did not have access or had lower-speed dial-up internet connections.

At the launch event, hosted at RiverMills Senior Center, Charter Communications also presented a donation of $2,000 to the center for its programming and community events.

“Having no internet in the twenty-first century is like having no electricity in the twentieth or no running water in the nineteenth. I’m glad that Charter Communications is bringing low-cost, high-speed internet to Chicopee, which will improve the quality of life and provide future economic and job opportunities for the city’s citizens,” said Senator Eric P. Lesser, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

“It is an important effort to make affordable internet services available to this part of Charter’s market and in our city,” said Mayor Richard J. Kos.

“Charter is excited to bring a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to hundreds of thousands of low-income families and seniors,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications. “Spectrum Internet Assist is an important next step in providing true high-speed connections to those who would otherwise continue to face digital inequality in this country. It’s important for cable and broadband providers like us to play a role in bridging the digital divide so that everyone has access to the information and tools they need to succeed in today’s economy.”

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