Blazing trails in the digital landscape

By Margaret-Hunter Wade, Public Affairs Director

Over the past year, Cox has focused on ensuring the opportunities presented by our increasingly connected world, including access to education, healthcare services, and employment opportunities, are accessible to all Virginians. Whether it be through private investment or public-private partnership, it’s clear we’re committed to promoting digital equity. Here are just a few ways we stayed true to our commitment this year:

Rural Roanoke County

We’ve partnered with Roanoke County to extend broadband services to far-reaching areas of the County, including 109 residences on Bent Mountain and more than 700 rural residences overall will have access to Cox services as a result.   

Connected in Chesapeake

We dedicated over $1 million to extend broadband service to the rural areas of Chesapeake. This successful public-private partnership has connected more than 2000 homes since the start of the pandemic achieving universal broadband coverage in the City.

Service in Suffolk

We invested $3.5 million to lay nearly 30 miles of fiber in the City of Suffolk. Now 1,500 Suffolk businesses have access to leading-edge technology with fast, reliable broadband-based services and internet speed options up to 100 Gbps from Cox Business.

New in New Kent

We’re providing every home and business in New Kent County access to ultrafast, reliable, symmetrical internet service across a 100% fiber-optic network. The $34 million project, comprised of a $16.1 million investment from the County and an additional $17.8 million from Cox, will build out approximately 570 fiber miles across the County and ensure broadband access for all residents by 2024.

Low Cost/High Speed

We connected more than 7,000 Virginians to low-cost broadband service just last year through Connect2Compete and even more through our recently launched ConnectAssist program. As partners of the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), we’re not only ensuring digital equity for households of all incomes and economic statuses in our communities, but in many cases we’re also providing the service at no cost to the customer. Even better, this year we doubled download speeds for these low-cost internet products to 100 Mbps, providing more people with free internet access at higher speeds.

Eye to the Future

We also announced a multibillion-dollar infrastructure investment which, over the next several years, will help us build a 10-Gigabit-capable, fiber network that will power the next generation of internet users. Expanded fiber-to-the-home connections, combined with breakthrough enhancements to DOCSIS 4.0 technology (our broadband delivery system), will deliver multi-Gig, symmetrical speeds to both residential and business customers.

If one thing is clear, it’s that the Commonwealth is poised for growth, and you can count on Cox to do whatever it takes to deliver all the bandwidth you need today and to be here as a provider of choice for decades to come.

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