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Cox Communications, American Library Association hoping to close digital divide

Posted at 3:51 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 17:51:49-05
A new partnership between Cox Communications and the American Library Association is designed to increase access and awareness of digital literacy training available through public libraries.
 
The program builds upon the commitment to connect people with technology and provides a foundation for success in the classroom, continuing education, and job opportunities.
 
The Pima County Public Library is one of three libraries that has been selected to offer enhanced digital literacy training and resources in person and online.
 
Topeka, Kansas and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana are also part of the new program.
 
“Through our partnership, we will ensure that the libraries never close for our families, expanding the reach of their digital collections and services, and empowering more families to experience limitless learning," said Cox Communications President Pat Esser.
 
Cox offers discounted Internet service through its Connect2Compete program for families with at least one K-12 student living in public housing or qualifying for a free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program.
 
Connect2Compete launched in 2012 and has connected more than 260,000 low-income individuals to the internet and given them technology to be successful in today’s digital world.