ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications' President and CEO Pat Esser announced in a live press conference today that Cox will pledge $60 million over the next year to close the digital learning gap.
Esser urged in the press conference the need for collaboration to solve the digital divide.
"Our commitment remains strong, but we cannot do this alone. We need to keep partnering with cities, school districts, counties and community-based organizations to get families connected," said Esser. "Connection is more important than ever before, especially for kids."
Esser also announced that Cox will be extending the company's offer to new customers that qualify for Connect2Compete. New customers that sign up for the program before the end of the year will receive the company's low-cost internet for two months free, and $9.95 per month thereafter. Cox's outdoor Wifi hotspots will also remain open to keep families connected during this time of need.
The press conference included Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the Superintendent of The Clark County School District in Nevada, Dr. Jesus Jara, Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada and President and CEO of the NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Michael Powell.
Cox CARES Act Solutions for Education
As school districts work to connect teachers and students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Cox has launched Cox CARES Act Solutions for Education to help school districts as they implement virtual learning during the pandemic.
The CARES Act funds can be used by school districts for purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all K-12 students and for additional authorized activities.
Cox offers a variety of connectivity solutions to districts that are subsidizing internet to better support students and educators as they implement virtual learning and teleworking in their homes.
Cox CARES Act Solutions for Education include:
There are no term commitments or cancellation fees for any Cox CARES Act solution, and flexible payment options are available. To learn more about the Cox CARES Act Solutions for Education, visit http://www.cox.com/caresact.
"Hundreds of schools have worked with us to connect students, teachers and faculty through our CARES Act Solutions for Education," said Ashley Perkins, Vice President of Cox Business. "Not only have we created affordable options to ensure connectivity, but we've developed a process to quickly pre-qualify students to make it easy for the schools. We realize each school has unique challenges, and we're ready to partner to ensure these schools' students can harness the power of an internet connection."
Cox recently announced additional support to help families by suspending late fees and extending payment relief offerings for Connect2Compete customers who express an inability to pay due to the pandemic. In addition, Cox recently signed onto the "K-12 Bridge to Broadband" initiative to help identify families that need a connection to the internet by working with school districts.
For more information on Cox's coronavirus relief efforts, visit cox.com.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.
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