November 26, 2013

We're Investing In Kentucky's Future

Kentucky’s Cable industry delivers entertainment, information and telecommunications services to nearly 800,000 consumers and businesses across the Commonwealth. Through its aggressive re-investment of capital and efforts to deploy new and innovative services to consumers, the Cable industry has fostered the development of a highly competitive market and has been a catalyst for broadband growth.

Cable is the leader in broadband development in the Commonwealth. For most Kentucky households, cable companies provide the fastest broadband speeds, with standard cable broadband speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps. Many homes in the Kentucky have access to speeds of 50 Mbps or greater.

Cable was also the first to free consumers from the burden of “appointment television” through the wide deployment of DVR’s (Digital Video Recorders) and On Demand programming. Now, many of our customers are able to watch streaming and On Demand video from their iPhones, iPads, and computers, anywhere, anytime.

Additionally, cable has fostered true competition in local telephone service. More than 300,000 Kentucky households receive their home phone service from a Ky Cable member company. Cable operators now make up five of the top 10 residential phone companies in the country.

Through these investment and innovation initiatives, cable has exerted a substantial impact on Kentucky’s economy – creating much-needed jobs for Kentuckians. KY Cable member companies employ nearly 2,800 workers throughout the Commonwealth. Direct and indirect jobs associated with the Cable industry in the Kentucky account for close to 23,000 additional jobs.

The Cable industry’s total annual economic impact on the Commonwealth – $3.4 billion.Learn More

November 26, 2013

Cable Working To Close The 'Digital Divide'

In today’s connected world it’s difficult to imagine that some people aren’t online. However, a recent Pew study indicates that 15% of Americans don’t use the Internet or email. And the reasons vary, ranging from those that say they aren’t interested or have no need for the Internet, to those who believe the Internet is not very easy to use. Lack of a computer, Internet availability and price are factors, as well.

The Cable industry is working to close the digital divide by instituting programs to help low income families get connected. Initiatives include reduced cost Internet connections, free or low cost cable modems, access to low cost computers and critical training in digital skills and literacy. A quarter million families nationwide have been helped so far.

Connecting folks to the Internet – one more way Cable is investing in our nation’s future.

November 26, 2013

Help Your Kids Watch What’s Appropriate For Them

We all know that raising happy, healthy, and productive children takes guidance, and requires establishing boundaries. We also know that we can’t watch over our children 24/7. Ky Cable is committed to helping parents and caregivers control the media options within their homes. Enabling these “parental controls” adds insurance to knowing your child is watching appropriate programming.

The parental controls in your cable set-top box can block programs by channel, title, rating, or time and date. Pay-per-view and video on demand purchases can also be blocked. Most importantly, YOU get to decide what is appropriate for your child.

Using parental controls is easy! It all starts with your remote control. Just visit ControlYourTV.org and learn more about how to get started.

Another great tool to help you select programming that everyone in your family can enjoy is the TV Ratings system (aka the TV Parental Guidelines). The TV ratings help you gauge age appropriateness and use symbols to describe the content they contain.

To learn more about the TV Ratings, visit theTVBoss.org.