ATLANTA—Cox Communications has announced a major investment in its broadband network, committing more than $400 million over the next three years to bring symmetrical gigabit broadband connectivity to more than 100K unserved and underserved households in communities across the country.
The investments will help promote digital equity, the operator said.
As part of that effort, Cox recently announced a partnership with the City of Tahlequah, Ok. that will bring fiber service to more than 6,000 underserved homes. The company also announced a $20,000 donation from the James M. Cox Foundation to the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah to fund a Cox Innovation Lab, which will provide new and innovative technology and support to help bridge the digital divide in the community, Cox said.
Similar to Tahlequah, several other projects are underway in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana, California, Virginia and Arizona, the operator reported.
"Today's families are even more reliant upon fast internet speeds to power their increasingly digital lives but many still lack access to a fast and reliable connection," said Cox Communications president Mark Greatrex. "As part of our ongoing commitment to digital equity, we're making private investments, continuing to pursue partnership opportunities, and positively impacting the lives of those in underserved areas by providing high-speed broadband service."
Cox also reported that in addition to these privately-funded expansion projects, it is involved in several other projects involving public-private partnership investments.
These include Yavapai County in Arizona where Cox was recently awarded American Rescue Plan funds from the county. These funds, combined with private investments from Cox, will allow for the expansion of more than 100 miles of Cox broadband network to reach more than 3,000 underserved residents in Congress and Black Canyon City.
In addition, public-private partnerships are successfully underway in Virginia with several more applications awaiting award decisions in other Cox markets.
Cox also stressed that this effort is part of a broader multibillion-dollar annual infrastructure investment over the next several years to deliver a 10 gigabit-capable, fiber-based network that will power the next generation of internet users.
Breakthrough enhancements to cable's broadband DOCSIS 4.0 technology combined with expanded fiber to the home will enable the delivery of multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds in the coming years to both residential and business customers to support a growing host of high bandwidth applications.
Residents in expansion areas can visit www.cox.com/getfiber to learn more about the service offerings available and to sign up for service availability updates.
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