One high-speed internet plan for participants of SNAP, TANF and School Lunch programs. And another plan for residents of HUD-assisted housing with school age children.
Cox Communications is now offering two different plans that bring high-speed Internet to financially-struggling Americans. One is aimed at families that participate in SNAP, TANF and the National School Lunch Program. The other is aimed at residents of HUD-assisted housing with school-age children. And they both deliver high-speed Internet for just $9.95 per month.
Cox is one of the many cable television companies that participate in a program called Connect2Compete, a non-profit dedicated to bridging the Digital Divide between America’s rich and poor.
Cox program #1 – for families participating in SNAP, TANF and the National School Lunch Program
If you live in areas of the country served by Cox and you qualify under their rules, you can now get their Low-Income Internet for just $9.95 per month instead of the much higher subscription rates the company typically charges for its lowest cost introductory plan.
Not only does their Low-Income Internet cost just $9.95 a month, but it delivers a truly fast internet experience at 5 Mbps download speed. That’s enough to enjoy streaming movies.
Plus there’s no deposit required, contracts to sign, installation or modem rental fees and the price is guaranteed for 2 years.
But the benefits of Cox Low-Income Internet don’t stop there. Cox says that qualifying families will also be able to purchase a computer for under $150. (The price is actually $149.99, but they are technically correct that the price is “under $150″.) They charge no activation fees and require no additional equipment fees. And the icing on the cake? They also include the Norton Security Suite, which gives you professional online security, absolutely free. That’s great, because it usually costs $160 or more.
Do you qualify for Cox low-income internet?
You can qualify for the Low-Income Internet program if at least one student in your home qualifies for the National School Lunch program. You will prove your eligibility by telling them that you have a student in the home and by submitting evidence of participation in the school lunch program, or evidence of being on either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Why do participation in SNAP or TANF work? Because being on either program qualifies a student for the National School Lunch program, and we suppose the internet provider understands that not everyone can find their National School Lunch enrollment paperwork.
A recent announcement by the company gave us the impression that simply being on SNAP or TANF, even without a child in school, would make someone eligible for their low-income internet program. But given Connect2Compete (everyoneon.org), where you sign up for the Cox program, will only enroll anyone in this program who has a child in school lunch, that’s apparently the rule.
A few restrictions do apply
Cox program #2 – for families living in HUD-assisted housing with school-age children
Cox Communications, one of the nation’s largest cable TV companies, working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), is now offering low-cost internet to any HUD-assisted household with school-age children within Cox’s 18-state service area — including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia.
How low is the cost? You’ll get high-speed Internet access for the just $9.95 per month. It includes downloads speeds up to 10 Mbps, free in-home WiFi, free installation and free access to hundreds of thousands of WiFi hotspots across the country.
Just as in Cox’ other low-income program, families that qualify for the HUD-assisted program will also be able to purchase a computer for under $150. And they’ll pay no activation fees nor any additional equipment fees.
A few restrictions do apply
Although Cox has expanded the number of ways you can qualify for its low-income internet program, there are a couple restrictions of which you should be aware.
Restriction #1: You’re out of luck if you’ve been a Cox customer within the last three months. For example, if you’re a current Cox customer, the only way you can sign up for its low income internet plan is to cancel your service now and wait to sign up in 90 days. Frustrating, of course, but it may just be worth the wait.
Restriction #2: You’re out of luck if you have a Cox bill that’s more than 12 months overdue. That means you can’t sign up for the program unless you pay off that overdue bill or agree to a payment plan.
Restriction #3: Check your closet. You’re out of luck if you find any unreturned Cox cable equipment buried behind your mops and brooms. You’ll need to return that equipment before you can qualify for the low-cost internet plan.
Restriction #4: Obviously, you must live in an area served by Cox cable. According to our research, the company’s low-cost, high-speed internet service is available in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Virginia.
Cable television franchises are bought, sold and traded like baseball cards, so if you don’t see your state on this list, you should still check with Cox just in case they’ve added service in another market since this article was posted.
How to order Cox low-income internet
You can’t just go to the Cox website to order the low-income plan. You have to begin at a special page at Connect2Compete’s website, or call their Connect2Compete hotline:
Web page: connect2compete.org/cox/
Don’t try to use any other pages at Connect2compete.org, because they redirect you to Connect2compete’s site, EveryoneOn.org. The Cox page is the only one left on the site that works. Supposedly, you are supposed to be able to use EveryoneOn.org’s site to connect with Cox’s low-income program, but it appears they have not actually set it up to work with Cox for some inexplicable reason.
Don’t call the regular Cox sales numbers, as the representatives may not be authorized to offer you this program.
Note: the enrollment web page does not reflect SNAP and TANFF eligibility, but that is because the expanded Cox eligibility rules were just announced.
Cox Communications profile:
Cox, which was originally known as a newspaper publisher and decades later known for its chain of radio stations, was founded in Ohio back in the late 1800s. Cox jumped into the cable television industry in 1962 when it purchased a group of cable systems in Pennsylvania, California, Oregon and Washington.
With approximately 6.2 million total customers, Cox is the nation’s third largest cable and broadband company.
Cities in which Cox offers low-income internet
This may not be a comprehensive list, but it covers most of the cities, towns and metro areas in which Cox Low-Income Internet is available.
ARKANSAS – Alma, Barling, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Berryville, Booneville, Centerton, Charleston, Danville, Elkins, Eureka Springs, Farmington, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Garfield, Gentry, Gravette, Green Forest, Greenwood, Harrison, Huntsville, Lavaca, Lincoln, Lowell, Mena, Mulberry, Ozark, Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Van Buren, Waldron, West Fork, Yellville
ARIZONA – Apache Junction, Avondale, Benson, Bisbee, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, Coolidge, Douglas, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fort Huachuca, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Goodyear, Green Valley, Hereford, Huachuca City, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Maricopa, Mesa, New River, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Sahuarita, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tonopah, Tucson, Vail, Waddell, Wickenburg, Willcox, Wittmann, Youngtown
CALIFORNIA – Aliso Viejo, Alpine, Bonita, Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Capistrano Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, Carlsbad, Carpinteria, Chula Vista, Corona Del Mar, Coronado, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Foothill Ranch, Goleta, Harbor City, Imperial Beach, Irvine, Jamul, La Mesa, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Elsinore, Lake Forest, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Lomita, Mission Viejo, National City, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Oceanside, Orange, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, San Clemente, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, San Marcos, San Pedro, San Ysidro, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, Torrance, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Valley Center, Ventura, Vista, Wilmington
CONNECTICUT – Berlin, Broad Brook, Cheshire, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Granby, Hamden, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Newington, Plainville, Plantsville, Portland, Prospect, Rocky Hill, CTSomers, CTSouth Glastonbury, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford Springs, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon Rockville, Wallingford, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Willington, Windsor Locks
FLORIDA – Alachua, Archer, Belleview, Bronson, Cantonment, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, Destin, Dunnellon, Fort Mc Coy, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, Mary Esther, Melrose, Miramar Beach, Morriston, Newberry, Niceville, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Pensacola, Ponce De Leon, Reddick, Santa Rosa Beach, Shalimar, Silver Springs, Summerfield, Trenton, Williston
GEORGIA – Bonaire, Byron, Centerville, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gordon, Gray, Hawkinsville, Kathleen, Lizella, Macon, Perry, Unadilla, Warner Robins
IOWA – Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley
IDAHO – Hailey, Ketchum, Rupert
ILLINOIS – Champaign, Mahomet, Monticello, Urbana
KANSAS – Andover, Arkansas City, Augusta, Chanute, Clay Center, Clearwater, Coffeyville, Columbus, Derby, Dodge City, El Dorado, Galena, Garden City, Goddard, Great Bend, Haysville, Hutchinson, Iola, Junction City, Larned, Lindsborg, Manhattan, Mcpherson, Mulvane, Newton, Pittsburg, Pratt, Rose Hill, Salina, Topeka, Valley Center, Wamego, Wichita, Winfield
LOUISIANA – Abbeville, Arnaudville, Baker, Baton Rouge, Belle Chasse, Belle Rose, Berwick, Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Brusly, Carencro, Chalmette, Church Point, Clinton, Crowley, Denham Springs, Des Allemands, Destrehan, Donaldsonville, Duson, Erath, Franklin, Geismar, Gonzales, Greenwell Springs, Gretna, Hahnville, Harvey, Jackson, Jeanerette, Kaplan, Kenner, La Place, Lafayette, Larose, Livingston, Lockport, Luling, Marrero, Maurice, Meraux, Metairie, Morgan City, New Iberia, New Orleans, Patterson, Pierre Part, Plaquemine, Port Allen, Prairieville, Raceland, Rayne, Saint Amant, Saint Bernard, Saint Gabriel, Saint Martinville, Saint Rose, Scott, Sunset, Thibodaux, Vacherie, Violet, Walker, Westwego, Youngsville, Zachary
MASSACHUSETTS – Monson
NEBRASKA – Bellevue, Bennington, Elkhorn, Gretna, La Vista, Omaha, Papillion
NEVADA – Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas
OHIO – Berea, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brookpark, Cleveland, Independence, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River
OKLAHOMA – Bethany, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Choctaw, Claremore, Colcord, Collinsville, Coweta, Edmond, El Reno, Glenpool, Guthrie, Harrah, Haskell, Hominy, Jay, Jenks, Jones, Lexington, Mcloud, Meeker, Mounds, Muldrow, Mustang, Newalla, Noble, Norman, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Piedmont, Poteau, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Shawnee, Skiatook, Spencer, Sperry, Tulsa, Yukon
RHODE ISLAND – Barrington, Bristol, Central Falls, Charlestown, Chepachet, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Greenville, Harrisville, Hope Valley, Jamestown, Johnston, Kingston, Lincoln, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Scituate, North Smithfield, Pascoag, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Riverside, Rumford, Saunderstown, Smithfield, Tiverton, Wakefield, Warren, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Kingston, West Warwick, Westerly, Woonsocket
VIRGINIA – Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Blue Ridge, Boones Mill, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Chesapeake, Clifton, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Fincastle, Floyd, Fort Belvoir, Fort Eustis, Fredericksburg, Gloucester, Goodview, Great Falls, Hampton, Hardy, Hayes, Herndon, King George, Lanexa, Lorton, McLean, Moneta, Newport News, Norfolk, Oakton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Providence Forge, Quinton, Reston, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Salem, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Suffolk, Toano, Troutville, Vienna, Vinton, Virginia Beach, West Point, Williamsburg, Yorktown