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Cox Communications’ Community Relations Manager Rosie Fernandez appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she discussed the initiatives by the company to expand internet access — and what opportunities lie ahead.
“Since 2003, we understood the importance of the internet. We worked a lot as a company to make sure we had programs available to families and make sure they had access to the internet,” said Fernandez. “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 came, we recognized that many students still didn’t have access to the internet in their homes, and ‘Connect to Compete’ was the best way to make sure these families gained access as soon as possible to make sure that no child was left behind,” she added. “We made it available to families at no cost who qualified for the program because we wanted to make sure every child had the opportunity to learn at home during the pandemic.”
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“Rhode Island is a super-digitally connected state — we have an infrastructure here. But we see more and more that people just need the bandwidth,” said Fernandez.
In March, Cox Communications announced that the company will invest more than $120 million over the next three years to deliver multi-Gigabit symmetrical speeds over high-speed broadband connections to residents and businesses in Rhode Island.
More than $20 million of the committed funds will go towards 100% fiber-optic buildouts on the Aquidneck Island communities of Newport, Portsmouth, and Middletown, as well as Jamestown. To date, Cox has invested more than $160 million over the last 5 years in Rhode Island and was the first to make Gigabit service available to all customers in the market. Read more here.
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