Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

August 9, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


Inside This Issue:

  Comcast Youth Tech Summit Celebrates Internet Essentials

The upcoming start of the new school season signals the third year of Comcast's Internet Essentials, the company’s broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Comcast executive David Cohen, plus civic and community leaders announced that as of June 2013, nearly 25,750 families in California, including more than 5,150 families in the Sacramento metro area, have signed up for Internet Essentials.

"Thanks to community leaders and schools nationwide, more than 150,000 families now have the opportunity to use the power of the Internet at home to get ahead in work, education, and life, just by doing things online that many of us take for granted, such as applying for a job, researching a health condition, paying a bill or completing homework," said Cohen. "Together, with cities like Sacramento, we are making real and significant progress in closing the digital divide in America. We know there is still a long road ahead, but we remain committed to connecting even more families to the Internet especially during this critical back to school season."

At the Sacramento Convention Center Thursday August 8, Comcast hosted a Youth Tech Summit and Expo to create further awareness of Internet Essentials and educate and engage civic and community leaders around the issue of digital adoption and literacy. The event which attracted more than 600 participants also included panel discussions about cyber-bulling and creating 21st Century learning communities.

In addition, Comcast also announced a promotion for children to create a video explaining, "Why the Internet is Essential." Students in Comcast's California service area from elementary school to high school are invited to enter by submitting a 60-second video sharing why broadband access is crucial to them. A selection committee of leaders from non-profit, education, government and business communities will review the entries and select winners. Four runner-up students will each receive netbook computers; and the grand prize winner will receive a netbook computer and a $1,000 gift card, plus 15 Opportunity Cards that may be used to pay for Internet Essentials service and 15 netbook computers for the eligible non-profit community-based organization of their choice. For more information about the contest, students may visit

"The Comcast Youth Tech Summit and Expo is important for connecting youth, their families, and the community with the information and resources needed to stay linked in today's digital economy," said Matsui. "Events like today's Summit help draw attention to some of the most critical issues families face with technology including affordability, safety, and accessibility. Whether it is for homework, finding a job, or creating that next big idea, Internet access has become a necessity, not a luxury."

To increase enrollment and continue to help close the digital divide, Comcast continues to enhance Internet Essentials. This year the company has expanded the program's eligibility criteria twice, made it easier and faster for families to apply and offers Opportunity Cards that may be used to pay for the Internet Essentials service.

Comcast continues to work with a growing network of community based organizations to publicize Internet Essentials and provide digital literacy training. Those organizations include California School Library Association, Center for Training & Careers, Greater Sacramento Urban League, K to College, MOUSE Squad and Reading & Beyond. For additional information contact Bryan Byrd at or 916-826-7983.

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  Healthapalooza Kicks Off at Scripps Interactive

As a leading lifestyle media company, Scripps Networks Interactive supports a healthy lifestyle among its workforce. Healthy workers are not just important for financial fitness, with lower health care and related costs and generally higher productivity, they are also a key component in creating the innovative, supportive and inclusive environment Scripps Networks Interactive strives to achieve. As such, the company has devoted the month of August to supporting workforce wellness through “Healthapalooza” events at each of its office locations.

With “Healthapalooza” employees have access to local fitness, wellness and nutrition vendors, along with the ability to undergo a biometrics screening to assist with their personal health management. To engage and educate employees, events include fun fitness demonstrations, relaxing mini-massages and tunes from the band “Aftah Party” during the August 6 kick-off inside the Knoxville, Tenn. headquarters. Healthy options for breakfast and lunch are also on the menu.

Over the next four weeks, hundreds of Scripps employees will be checking their current blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels as part of the biometric screening, and receive information and access to tools that will help them improve or maintain good health. Following the “Healthapalooza” events, employees will continue to have access to other Scripps wellness activities such as on-site fitness classes and at-work weight management programs.

By helping employees live well, Scripps is able to continue to perform well and that benefits everyone throughout the organization. For more information, go to

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  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Science of His Sky Hook

During the taping of the latest episode of our “It Ain’t Rocket Science” series for Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was shooting hoops on the streets of New York City. Who was he going one-on-one with, not an equally matched MVP, but rather physicist Brian Greene.

Abdul-Jabbar was at the 2013 World Science Festival, founded by Greene, to show and tell kids how science plays a vital role in sports like basketball. From the angle a ball is thrown, to the amount of backspin a player puts on it, physics is an integral part of every shot. Kids learned the science behind Kareem’s signature sky hook, which helped him become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.

An athlete with a diverse career that has included acting and writing, Abdul-Jabbar has found a new talent off the court as a champion of kids’ science education. In 2012, California’s Superintendent of Instruction, Tom Torlakson appointed the Lakers legend to serve as an After School STEM Ambassador for the state.

In the interview with Greene, Abdul-Jabbar shared that when kids see how science has such a pervasive effect on everything they do, including the sports that they love, they’re more inclined to take science and math subjects in school. That is one of many reasons why Time Warner Cable recently launched “STEM In Sports,” a campaign from Connect a Million Minds that connects kids to STEM through their favorite sports. Visit STEM in Sports on to learn how athletes are applying science to their game. For additional information contact Tara DeGeorges at or 212-364-8422.

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  Finalists Named for Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes Program

Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced the finalists for Arizona's 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

As a finalist, each individual has secured a $2,500 donation for his or her nonprofit of choice. The finalists are now competing for an additional $7,500, bringing the total donation on behalf of the winner to $10,000.

Arizona's 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes finalists and their environmental nonprofit of choice are Craig Anderson, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center; Diana Hadley, Friends of Tucson's Birthplace - Mission Garden; and Brad Lancaster, Desert Harvesters and Green Infrastructure Planning.

The winner will be chosen via an online voting process through August 12 at The winner will be announced in late August. For additional information, visit
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  Time Warner Supports the 2013 Women's Leadership Forum

Time Warner has a long history of supporting and cultivating diverse talent. In late July the company welcomed the opportunity to host the Executive Leadership Council's (ELC) 2013 Women's Leadership Forum Tuesday at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

The Forum encompasses some of the most influential women in business, politics and academia to offer candid reflections and share lessons learned, while giving attendees the chance to expand their networks of mentors and peers. This year's event, with the theme "Power 360°: The Next Act," marks the Forum's tenth anniversary providing executive development and leadership training programs for women of the ELC and other African-American female executives.

Michelle Ebanks, President, People en Español and Essence Communications greeted the more than 120 attendees on behalf of Time Warner, noting how overwhelmed she was by Forum attendees' willingness to reach out and "lift others as they climb." For more information about this event and the Executive Leadership Council go to

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  Congratulation Abbe Raven

A+E Chairman, Abbe Raven and ACC Board of Advisors member, will be recognized by Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) as their Woman of the Year during the organization’s Touchstone Luncheon on October 7 in the New York Marriott Marquis in conjunction with the WICT Leadership Conference. Information on attending the conference and luncheon may be found at Again, congratulation goes to Abbe Raven as WICT’s Woman of the Year.
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  Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2013 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
Discovery Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Midcontinent Communications
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

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