Cox Communications Extends Free Service for Students Nationwide
Friday, April 17, 2020
Recognizing that students will remain home to finish out the school year, Cox has extended free Connect2Compete service, the company’s low-cost internet offer for families with a K-12 student at home until July 15. Remote service support is also extended to ensure ease of implementation while students continue to learn at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Customers that sign up between March 13 and May 15 are eligible for this offer and will receive free service until July 15.
“As schools across our California markets are operating Emergency Distance Learning (EDL) programs, Cox wants to ensure digital equity so that all K-12 students have the ability to access their curriculum, classmates and teachers from home,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications in California. “Extending the Connect2Compete program offer to July 15 ensures we keep the kids in our communities connected through the school year, and into the summer months when additional virtual learning may be required.”
Cox temporarily doubled download speeds for its Connect2Compete customers from 25 to 50 Mbps in mid-March. This increase will also continue through July 15.
In addition to connectivity, many students need equipment to get their work done. Cox continues to partner with local, regional and national organizations including PCs for People, which provides discounted, refurbished laptops and accessories to families that qualify for the Connect2Compete program.
A summary of the latest enhancements to Cox’s Connect2Compete program include:
- Limited time, free Connect2Compete service until July 15th for customers who apply by May 15th, $9.95 thereafter
- Until July 15, 2020, Cox is providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
- Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
- Increased internet download speeds from 25 to 50 Mbps through July 15
- A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access, can be found at cox.com/connect2compete
Cox continues to explore partnerships with top educational development organizations to provide content for Connect2Compete families this summer to keep them engaged and ready for the next school year. New programs and content will be found soon on The Cox Digital Academy, an extension of the Connect2Compete program that better equips children and parents to maximize the power of those connections with online tools.
The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:
- Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
- Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF or Public Housing
- Are not a current Cox Internet customer
There are no deposits or annual contracts with Connect2Compete, and self-installation with in-home Wi-Fi equipment is included at no additional charge.
Families can qualify for Connect2Compete by visiting cox.com/c2c.
Cox has contributed nearly $8 million in cash and in-kind COVID-related contributions throughout its Southern California markets, including Orange County. Earlier gifts that were made to Irvine schools, resulted in Cox being among recognized among top companies committed to education by the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF).
“We are proud to live in a professionally diverse community that allows us to build rich partnerships with companies across many industries. With their support, we are able to fulfill our vision of providing students with opportunities that prepare them for the future workforce,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO, IPSF. “These partnerships have provided a foundation for IPSF to fund grants that allow teachers to bring new, innovative curriculum to the classroom, build maker spaces to foster creativity and collaboration, and bring the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program to every high schools in Irvine.”
For more information on Cox’s coronavirus relief efforts, visit cox.com.