Connect 2 Compete: Affordable Internet Access

What is Connect2Compete?

Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national not‐for‐profit initiative that works to bring students and families online by providing $9.95/month high‐speed Internet and free digital literacy training. For 2 years, there are no price increases, no activation fees, no equipment rental fees, and no contract on the high‐speed Internet service.

Who is eligible for the $9.95 Cox high-speed Internet through C2C?

Families with at least one child receiving free school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible for the $9.95/month Cox home Internet service. In addition, families cannot have subscribed to Cox Internet service within the last 90 days or have any outstanding debt or unreturned equipment with Cox.

Where and when will the C2C offer be available?

Cox Communications is offering the service in its service areas nationwide through December 31, 2015.

How should families apply for Cox's low-cost Internet service through C2C?

Eligible families can apply online by visiting www.connect2compete.org/cox or by calling toll free 1‐855‐222‐3252.

Why should our school get involved with the Connect2Compete program?

High‐speed Internet access is no longer a luxury good. It has become an essential tool for succeeding in school. Teachers are increasingly incorporating digital tools in the classroom to enhance learning, assigning online homework and using email to communicate with parents and post grades online. At the same time, teachers of the lowest income students are more than twice as likely as teachers of the highest income students (56% v. 21%) to say that students’ lack of access to digital technologies is a “major challenge” to incorporating more digital tools into their teaching.
Unconnected families – those who lack Internet service in their homes – are disproportionately from low‐income families. There are many factors that prevent broadband adoption, but price, availability and relevancy are among the most common. Cox’s discounted offer helps to address two of the three barriers: price and availability. Relevancy is understanding the value of the Internet to one’s educational and economic opportunities. As trusted members of the community, your school leaders can help families develop an understanding of how Internet service in their homes can benefit their children’s academic success and their families experience in your school.

How can the school provide assistance to help families register online?

Schools can host sign‐up events by providing computers and assistance for families to apply online. Families will benefit from facilitated registration through a trusted source so it’s important for school administration and faculty to be aware of the program and process for application.

Will supporting the program cost our school any money?

No. This is not a school program. An endorsement or sponsorship is not required, and your school is not responsible the families’ Connect2Compete accounts.

Does a family qualify for C2C if their child receives reducedprice (as opposed to free) lunches through the NSLP?

No. Only those with children receiving free school lunches are eligible at this time.

If our school is a Title One school which offers free school lunch to all students, are there other forms of eligibility for the program?

Yes. Enrollment in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs also can be used as proof of eligibility for Connect2Compete.

How long can a C2C customer continue to receive reducedprice Internet service through the program?

Families eligible for C2C will receive the reduced‐price Internet for 2 years as long as they remain continuously subscribed to the Internet service.

How fast is the Cox Internet service offered as a part of C2C?

C2C provides home Internet service with download speeds of at least 5Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps.

What forms of payment are accepted for the Internet offer?

Cox accepts checking account, savings account, debit card, credit card, cash or money order (cash and money order must be done in person at a Cox store). Payment is due when customers receive their bill after installation.

What is included with the Cox HighSpeed Internet service?

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