Tucson Metro Chamber

News Release: 3/7/2017

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March 07, 2017
Partnership between Cox Communications and Pima County libraries ensures the library never closes 
Digital literacy and internet adoption empower more people to fully participate in today’s knowledge economy 
Cox Communications and the Pima County libraries are working together to help more students get ahead in the classroom and their families get ahead on their careers.  Cox and the libraries are piloting the deployment of enhanced digital literacy training and resources for families and library patrons.   Through this partnership, Cox is also helping raise awareness of the digital literacy courses available through local libraries at no cost. Plus, more families in-need with a K-12 student at home will learn about discounted internet service available through the Connect2Compete program.  
“Before we had internet service at home, we had to look for internet connections outside our home at places like fast food restaurants, libraries and other public Wi-Fi areas, so my kids could complete their school projects. This made for a long night of homework,” said Ivonne Gomez, a parent of three students whose families is enrolled in Cox’s Connect2Compete discounted internet service program. “I also take advantage of the internet connection at home to stay on top of my kids’ grades, attendance information, and to communicate with teachers. Cox’s partnership with the libraries will help ensure all parents and students can take full advantage of the internet in their homes, making their lives easier and helping them to get ahead in the classroom and in the world.”  
Learn How to Use the Internet:
If you want to go online, but are not sure how, free classes are available through your local library to help you get started.  Through these courses, you can learn how to do basic internet searches, how to search for job listings, use email and get useful tips on how to protect your privacy online.  Research shows those who receive formal digital literacy training (as opposed to informal assistance from family or friends) are significantly more likely to use the internet to pursue economic opportunities and cultivate social ties.  Everyone has access to digital literacy training and resources online at www.digitallearn.org. Check with your local library for more information about classes held at your local branch. 
Discounted Internet Service for K-12 Students:
Cox Communications offers “Connect2Compete,” a program offering discounted internet service at $9.95 a month for families with at least one K-12 student living in public housing, qualifying for a free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Over the years, there have been no price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees associated with Connect2Compete service.  Free in-home WiFi is also available for families enrolled, making it easier for family members to access the internet connection at the same time.  The Connect2Compete program also includes free access to more than 500,000 Cox WiFi and Cable WiFi hotspots across the country.  After enrolling in Connect2Compete and benefitting from a reliable internet connection at home, more than half of students are more interested in school and have seen improvement in their grades.  Eligible families can call 855-222-3252 or apply online at www.Connect2Compete.org/Cox.