Cox Raises Connect2Compete Speeds To 5 Mbps

Price For Service, Targeted To Low-Income Families, Remains At $9.95 Per Month

Cox Communications said it is increasing the downstream speeds of its national broadband adoption program, Connect2Compete, to 5 Mbps, up from an original 1 Mbps.

Following several launches last year, Cox’s rollout of Connect2Compete went national in April. The program targets low-income families with children that qualify for the National Free School Lunch program. Cox offers the service to eligible families for $9.95 per month for two years, including free installation and modem rental fees. The program also offers access to low-cost computers and free digital literacy training to families.

"We know many applications, including websites students use for their educational experience, require more bandwidth. Increasing speeds at no additional cost to our Connect2Compete customers is just another way Cox continues its commitment to closing the digital divide and allowing all students to compete today and in the future," said Cox Communications president Pat Esser, in a statement.

In August, Comcast also raised the downstream speed of a similar program, called Internet Essentials, to 5 Mbps.