National cable and internet service provider Cox recently announced it will extend its discounted high-speed Internet service to low-income families with children who qualify for certain government programs.
The program, Connect2Complete, was launched in April of last year and now services about 15,000 families across the country. Cox pledged $15 million nationally in support of similar initiatives through 2016, according to a statement from the company.
These discounted internet services extend to Gainesville residents enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, the Federal Free School Lunch Program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Kevin Monroe, a Cox spokesman based in Gainesville, said access to high-speed internet is having a positive impact on children’s educational opportunities.
“Across the Central Florida community, leaders, educators and parents all recognize the tremendous benefit broadband in the home has on the educational experiences of our youth,” he said. “We are thrilled to continue our work with Connect2Compete to close the digital divide for low-income families in our area.”
For more information on Cox’s Connect2Compete program, visit www.connect2compete.org/Cox.