Thursday, April 14, 2022
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Cox CommunicationsCommunity Relations Manager Rosie Fernandez appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she discussed the company’s initiatives to expand internet access – and the opportunities ahead.
“Since 2003, we have understood the importance of the Internet. We worked a lot as a business to make sure we had programs available for families and they had internet access,” Fernandez said. “In 2013, we actually launched the ‘Connect to Compete’ program, and we offered it through partners and schools to let families know about it.”
“So when 2020 rolled around, we recognized that many students still didn’t have access to the internet at home, and ‘Connect to Compete’ was the best way to ensure these families had access as soon as possible. to make sure no child was left behind,” she added. “We made it available free of charge to families who qualified for the program because we wanted to make sure that every child had the opportunity to learn at home during the pandemic.”
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“Rhode Island is a digitally super-connected state – we have infrastructure here. But we’re finding more and more that people just need bandwidth,” Fernandez said.
In March, Cox Communications announced that the company will invest more than $120 million over the next three years to deliver symmetric multi-Gigabit speeds over high-speed broadband connections to Rhode Island residents and businesses.
More than $20 million of committed funds will go towards 100% fiber optic builds in the Aquidneck Island communities of Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown, as well as Jamestown. To date, Cox has invested over $160 million over the past 5 years in Rhode Island and was the first to make Gigabit service available to all customers in the market. Learn more here.
Cox Communications is a paid content partner of GoLocal.