Comcast Joins Family Online Safety Institute to Make Online World Safer for Kids

March 19, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices, tools, and methods for online safety, has announced that Comcast has joined the Institute as a full member. Additionally, Comcast executive Joe Waz has joined FOSI's board of directors to assist in governing FOSI's strategic direction and initiatives. Comcast, the USA's largest provider of cable services and one of the world's leading communications companies, is the first cable company to join FOSI and an important addition to the Institute.

"Comcast is a leader in providing parents the tools and the knowledge they need to make the right decisions about what members of their family should be able to see on their TV and online," said Joe Waz, Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel at Comcast and FOSI board member. "We have been impressed by the good work of the Family Online Safety Institute in promoting effective private-sector responses to the need to keep kids safe and smart online, and it's an honor to join with other leading companies and organizations in supporting FOSI."

"We are truly thrilled to have Comcast, one of the world's largest Internet providers, join us in our mission to keep kids and their families safe online, said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "Comcast shares our belief that awareness and education are essential tools in protecting children online. Together, we can make the digital world a safer place for children."

Comcast joins a high profile community of FOSI members, including Verizon, AT&T, Telefónica, France Telecom, British Telecom, AOL Europe and Telmex.