David Ellen

Years at Current Organization: 6

First Job in the Industry: FCC

What will it take to see a seismic shift away from linear television for sports? You mean ‘live’ sports? As long as people are fans of sport, they will want to watch it live. And live sports is still the glue that holds the traditional pay TV bundle together and that’s not to going change anytime soon. Too many major media companies’ business models depend on it.

The phrase “digital divide” will go away when… When the main causes of that divide—affordability for low-income households, availability for rural households, and adoption—are fully addressed. Partnerships between local, state and federal governments, non-profit community organizations, and experienced and willing connectivity providers like Charter are making a difference. For example, Charter’s rural construction initiative, pairing our dollars with targeted governmental subsidies, will bring broadband to 1 million currently unserved rural homes and businesses. And Charter offerings like Spectrum Internet Assist, and federal programs like EBB and now ACP, are helping more low-income households afford broadband. Finally, Charter philanthropic initiatives like Spectrum Community Assist and Spectrum Digital Education Grants provide support for local community organizations in their efforts to increase broadband education and adoption. We’re making great progress.

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