Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced today that Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Online Services, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). The award will be presented to Bowling this evening during the 2008 FOSI Annual Conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
"Bowling was chosen to receive this award based on his tireless commitment to advancing the goal of a safer Internet," said Stephen Balkham, CEO of FOSI. "It's wonderful to see Comcast's online services being led by an individual who is truly passionate about educating consumers about how to keep safe on the Internet."
"I am very excited and grateful to receive this prestigious award, but I wouldn't be successful without the ongoing support, dedication and hard work from my team," said Bowling. "Our online services group serves more residential Internet users than any company in America and our success is truly a team effort. We take the responsibility of providing a safe and secure online experience very seriously by using a comprehensive, multi-layered approach to Internet safety that focuses on identity theft and privacy protection, family and parental controls, and safeguards for digital assets."
Bowling has played a central role in raising consumer awareness about online child safety and identity theft prevention. Under his direction, Comcast has built a dedicated Security Web site, www.comcast.net/security that provides tools, tips, best practices, security alerts, frequently asked questions and other resources to help educate, and protect consumers against online threats. The site features a "For Parents" page and a "For Kids" page that were designed to encourage ongoing dialogue between parents and their children about Internet safety issues with the help of discussion starters and interactive games. The Security Web site also features a frequently asked questions section with tips from a leading expert on media and children's health; a downloadable brochure entitled How to Talk to Your Kids About Internet Safety; an Internet Safety Contract that helps set rules and guidelines for the use of the Internet; and the "Comcast Toolbar" that protects consumers by actively searching for phishing scam Web sites, spyware and pop-ups, which can be downloaded at no additional cost.
Under Bowling's direction, Comcast also has partnered with McAfee, Inc. to offer the highly-acclaimed McAfee® Security Suite to every Comcast High-Speed Internet subscriber at no additional charge. The suite provides a full set of security tools to help protect digital assets as well as parental controls to block selected Web sites, filter inappropriate Web content, monitor chat sessions and enable parents to manage their children's Internet activity.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safe for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI's members include: AOL, AT&T, Blue Coat, BT Retail, Cisco, Comcast, Computing Technology Industry Association, Crisp Thinking, France Telecom/Orange, Google, GSMA, Loopt, Microsoft, Mpower Media, MySpace, Ning, Privo, Rulespace, Sentinel, Sprint, Symantec, Telefónica, Telmex, The Wireless Foundation, and Verizon. FOSI hosts an annual international conference to bring together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and emerging solutions that will enhance it. For more information, please visit www.fosi.org.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.4 million cable customers, 14.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
Note to editors:
To view the brochure How to Talk to Your Kids About Internet Safety, visit http://security.comcast.net/files/PDF/ikeepsafebrochurePDF.pdf
To view the Internet safety contract, visit http://security.comcast.net/files/pdf/Dare_activity15.pdf?cid=NET_33_61