Following the successful installation of the low cost Cox broadband Internet service offered through the pilot program in San Diego, the company has now decided to introduce the same innovative service to deserving and needy K-12 students. Buoyed by the success of the pilot program Cox Communications has decided to take this initiative statewide covering all the markets served by the company.
The program will include around 40,000 California families within the low income free lunch qualification category in San Diego. This will include at least 37 of the total 42 school districts belonging to the San Diego County. During the second phase the company will expand the program to needy families in Palos Verdes, Orange Country as well as expanding the ongoing program in Santa Barbara. During the third phase, Cox Communications intend to take their program to a nationwide scale with a year end schedule accomplishment target.
This initiative is an integral part of a national program initiated by the Federal Communications Commission during 2011 with the objective of providing Internet broadband access to the millions of Americans who are yet to receive this service at their residences. In their endeavor the FCC encouraged other cable companies also to take an active role in the initiative claiming that adoption of broadband provides the ultimate key in harnessing the nation’s competitiveness in the global market.
Connect2Compete, a nonprofit organization is Chairing this program with the partnership support of many other philanthropic organizations and cable providers including Microsoft, Comcast and Cox Communications in their attempt to bridge the gaping digital divide in the nation. Cox Internet connection will be made available for a fee of $9.95 per month for a period of two years along with a refurbished computer given at a cost of $65. The modem rental and installation fees are not charged by the company. A similar standard of Internet service would otherwise cost around three times as much as the rate offered to the K-20 students.
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