Cox Communications announced Friday that the Connect2Compete program has been extended through 2016.
The program provides low-income families with internet service for $9.95 per month with no contract, no equipment or setup fees.
Families with children on the free-lunch program qualify. Cox has expanded the program now to include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Families with K-12 students who participate in these programs or the Federal Free School Lunch Program are eligible for the Cox Connect2Compete discounted service.
"In today's world, having access to the internet is fundamental to the educational experience, and we are thankful that Cox Communications will be extending the Connect 2 Compete program for our students and their families," said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools.
Since 2012, Cox has actively promoted the Connect2Compete program in partnership with dozens of community organizations, agencies and officials to help spread the word about the program. Across its 18 state footprint, more than 500,000 flyers have been distributed to families in 6,500 schools, and nearly 200,000 public service announcements have aired on its cross-channel cable network lineup.