What the ham does Spectrum Internet Assist have to do with the mayor’s office?

Today, Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell sent out a press release touting a new, low-cost Internet service from Charter Communications. That’s cool.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell, in front of some news cameras.

But, what does the mayor have to do with it? In the press release he sent out, he says that he applauds it. Um, OK.

AL.com reports that, “ the service delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds for $14.99 per month for eligible families and seniors.”

Bell and councilor Jay Roberson are set to announce the new service at 12:30 pm on May 15 at the central branch of the Birmingham Public Library (2100 Park Place). Roberson will lead a panel discussion on the digital divide and broadband adoption to highlight affordability and accessibility for students and seniors. Again, um. OK. While this is good news coming from Charter Communications, it seems like the mayor’s office is just riding their coattails. Birmingham is not the only city in America that is set to receive this new service from Charter Communications. Folks from LA to Miami are eligible for the low-cost Internet program, too.

In fact, the deal was first announced in December. You can read more about the new service here. Charter Communications, a multi-systems operator (MSO) promised to offer its customers this service within six months of the close of its proposed acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

But, I guess it’s a great photo opportunity for the mayor’s office, you know, at the Birmingham Public Library, where the Internet is free for all library members.