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Technology + Passion = Bridging the Digital Divide

May 15, 2018

100 Tech Centers. $20 Million. All to equip kids with the technology they need.


By: Shana Keith

Think for a moment about the average school day for a child. They wake up early to start their day at a school where a high-speed internet connection fuels digital learning.  Students and teachers across the country are benefiting from this technology, in fact, 10,000 schools are powered with Cox Business internet solutions. For many kids in low-income areas when they leave campus, they lose that connection to the internet. So, how do they complete homework in this day and age where getting online to complete it is a requirement?

Cox started partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2003 and has invested $20 million in cash and in-kind support to the organization.  Today, Cox has outfitted 100 Technology Centers with tools to help kids stay connected after school so they can complete homework and do other important tasks like research job opportunities and prep for college.  After kids leave the Tech Centers, it’s time to go home, but that’s often a challenge as kids in low income households may not have a connection at home.

That’s where Connect2Compete steps in. This Cox initiated program bridges the digital divide and connects families to the internet who can’t afford it.  Today, there are more than 350,000 people connected to the internet via Connect2Compete, and recently, Cox boosted the speeds of the product by 50 percent to help kids meet the growing demands for digital homework.

Pat Esser, President of Cox Communications has a passion for ensuring this multi-touch approach at school, after school and at home is alive and well in the communities Cox serves. Check out the video to learn more about why this is so important for our kids.


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