Time Warner Cable Joins Internet-Safety Group


Time Warner Cable has joined the Family Online Safety Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting "the online world safer for kids and their families" whose members include Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications.

Fernando Laguarda, Time Warner Cable's vice president of external affairs and policy counselor, serve on the FOSI board of directors. The MSO is the third-largest Internet service provider in the U.S. with about 9 million residential broadband customers as of the end of 2009.

"We are very excited to welcome Time Warner Cable into our growing member base as we strive to develop effective tools, rules and educational programs in schools to make the Internet safer," FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam said in a statement. "We look forward to the valuable input and perspective that a company of this size and reach can offer and are eager to share our expertise and resources with Time Warner Cable in order to help them achieve their commendable online safety goals."

Laguarda commented, "Ensuring that our customers have a safe Internet experience is a top priority for Time Warner Cable. Working with FOSI will help us continue to create simple and easy ways to manage that experience, by providing families the tools that help them shape their own experience in the way that they see fit."

Other members of FOSI -- which is a U.K.-based not-for-profit organization -- include the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, BT, Google, AOL, Facebook, France Telecom and Microsoft.