(SAN DIEGO) June 21, 2016 – Cox Communications has teamed up with the City of San Diego to open Cox WiFi hotspots to the public from July 8-24 in downtown San Diego, where the city will host some of the nation’s most anticipated events.
Residents and tourists alike will have free, unlimited access to Cox WiFi hotspots throughout downtown including the Gaslamp District, East Village and Little Italy, areas expected to draw large crowds during the All-Star game and Comic-Con.
“Today, so much of our local economy rests on internet service, and with today’s announcement, San Diego’s tourism economy is also entering the digital age,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “Events like Comic-Con and the All Star Game will be some of our biggest tourist attractions this year – providing big boosts to our economy, which will help create jobs for residents and revenue for businesses across our city. Thank you, Cox, for serving the residents of San Diego for more than 50 years, working to improve our community and your introduction of free Wi-Fi during July, which will be a major force in helping our local economy continue to grow.”
“Cox has made a huge investment in building out wifi hotspots throughout San Diego County, and across the nation, to better serve our customers, and our communities,” said Sam Attisha, Vice President of Business Development and Public Affairs for Cox Communications in California. “The mayor and city share our commitment to keeping San Diego a hub of innovation and technology, and what better way to celebrate than by enabling the public to utilize the technology to stay connected during these marquee events.”
Cox Internet customers with Preferred, Premier, Ultimate and GIGABLAST Internet packages already have free access to all CoxWiFi hotspots as part of their service. They also have access to the nation’s largest WiFi network, CableWiFi, which includes more than 400,000 hotspots throughout the country.
Non-customers, and Cox customers who don’t subscribe to the Preferred or above packages, can access the downtown San Diego hotspots from July 8-24 by selecting the “CoxWiFiFree” wireless network on their WiFi-enabled device when at a Cox hotspot. For more information, visit the Cox Wi-Fi homepage at www.cox.com/wifi.
Cox’s wifi expansion comes on the heels of the company's rollout of residential gigabit internet speeds, marketed under the brand name “G1GABLASTSM, and offering consumers speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the market today. Cox has offered multi-gig speeds to businesses for more than a decade nationwide and extended the capabilities to homes in San Diego in August 2015. Cox was the first company to offer residential gigabit speeds in Southern California when it made them available to residents in Irvine, Calif. in 2014, and the first in San Diego when it launched G1GABLAST there in August 2015. The company offers G1GABLAST in 12 states, and plans to offer it in all of its markets by the end of 2016.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 10 times, including the last nine years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.