Cox Connects Middle Georgia Month Kicks off on Sunday

January 30, 2015

Cox Connects Middle Georgia Month Kicks off on Sunday

Families that sign up for Connect2Compete in February could receive free computer

Macon, GA – Cox Communications today announced that Sunday, February 1, will be the kickoff of Cox Connects Middle Georgia, a month-long event aimed at closing the digital divide by connecting low-income families to the Internet.  During Cox Connects Middle Georgia month, families who sign up for Connect2Compete during the month of February could receive a free computer courtesy of a grant from the James M. Cox Foundation.  The grant, awarded to the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council in Baton Rouge, LA, is supplying 500 computers to families in Cox’s Southeast Region including Middle Georgia.  To have a chance to receive a free computer, families just need to sign up for Connect2Compete before February 28, 2015.

 

Today, 76 percent of teachers assign Internet-based homework that students without broadband and digital skills struggle to complete.  Students with a computer and broadband at home have higher graduation rates than those without.  Approximately one-third of Americans are at risk of becoming isolated from contemporary life because they lack the Internet service and skills necessary to use it effectively. That’s why Cox partnered with Connect2Compete a national, not-for-profit initiative that works to bring students and families on line by providing high-speed Internet at only $9.95 a month and free digital literacy training.  Families with at least one child receiving free school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) could be eligible.

 For more information, or sign up for Connect2Compete, customers can call 1-855-222-3252, or by visiting www.connect2compete.org/cox.

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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 new 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 nine times, including the last eight years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

 

About The James M. Cox Foundation

The James M. Cox Foundation provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Enterprises does business. The Foundation is concentrating its community support in several priority areas: Conservation and Environment; Early Childhood Education; Empowering Families and Individuals for Success; and Health.

 

About the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC)

The CACRC is an R2-certified*, nonprofit organization committed to e-scrap reduction through recycling and the reuse of electronics by providing refurbished computers and equipment to schools, nonprofits and low-income families. Located in Baton Rouge, the CACRC was incorporated as a non-profit in 1997 and has been recycling electronics for the good of communities since then. In the 2013-2014 school year, the CACRC partnered with Cox in our Baton Rouge market to serve as the official nonprofit hardware provider of the local C2C initiative. It also helped us cross promote C2C among its constituents.

 

Information regarding C2C and CACRC’s discounted computers was bundled and distributed to more than 200 schools, churches, housing authorities, health clinics and community organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity as well as the media.  The average number of computers sold by CACRC per month before its partnership with Cox in 2012 was 32. The average after the full launch of C2C increased to 45. Monthly sales of CACRC’s refurbished computers have increased to 60 this year.