Cox Media is garnering some well-deserved praise for a plan to expand its participation in a program that has already connected over 400,000 low-income Americans to the internet.
Connect2Compete is the industry program providing discount broadband to families of kids eligible for school lunch programs.
Cox President Pat Esser says the company is committing $20 million annually to help close the digital divide.
“With convenient, reliable internet access at home, students can readily focus on their school work, explore their passions and ultimately reach their full potential in life,” said Esser.
Cox has been one of the more aggressive corporate partners in the initiative.
Two years ago, Cox began offering free in-home WiFi for Connect2Compete participants, and last year it teamed with the American Library Association to increase access to digital literacy training.