Cox Communications has increased speeds for the company's low-cost Internet product, Connect2Compete, which is available to families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Downstream speeds are now up to 25 Mbps for all Connect2Compete customers, and upstream speeds have been increased from 1 to 3 Mbps. The speed increase is automatic, with no action required by the customer.
"We at Cox are passionate about empowering kids with tools and technology to ensure bright futures," said Pat Esser, president of Cox. "By increasing the speed of Connect2Compete, we help the kids who need it most be more productive and competitive in the classroom and beyond."
Cox has connected 500,00 people to the Internet through Connect2Compete, and more than 60% were connected to the Internet for the first time. Installation is free for Connect2Compete customers, and Cox provides a WiFi modem at no additional charge. No deposit is required, regardless of credit score.
In 2017, Cox expanded the program to include free online tools designed to increase digital literacy through the Cox Digital Academy. While internet access is an important first step, digital literacy helps children and families to make the most of their connection.