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Just in time for a new fall semester, Cox is launching a program to help families and educators harness the power of the web. The Cox Digital Academy is a free online resource providing content, tools and resources from Common Sense, EVERFI and the Public Library Association. These lessons include computer basics, educational games and homework help for students and teachers, job search and financial literacy for parents and social media and online safety for families. 

The program is an extension of Cox's Connect2Compete initiative, which has provided a discount on broadband to help connect more than a quarter-million people to the web since 2012. 

The Pew Research Center reports that of the 29 million households nationwide with school-aged children, about five million of them lack regular access to broadband. Still, about seven in 10 teachers assign homework that requires internet access. Data from the Federal Communications Commission suggests households may not be subscribed to broadband because of a lack of affordability. 

Cox Communications reports they were the first to support the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome initiative and K-12 families in HUD communities within Cox markets automatically qualify for the program. Connect2Compete offers broadband for under $10.

To learn more about Connect2Compete program and the Cox Digital Academy, click here.

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