Cox Communications Delivers Free Wi-Fi to Southeastern San Diego’s Joe & Vi Jacobs Center to Increase Community Broadband Connectivity
Cox Wi-Fi will power STEAM events, afterschool activities for students and job training programs, bringing greater access to technology in Promise Zone neighborhood through partnership with nonprofit Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2021 – Cox Communications is delivering indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi connectivity to Southeastern San Diego through a partnership with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a nonprofit organization empowering the community through economic, educational and neighborhood-building work to keep the community thriving now and in the future.
Cox has connected the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego’s Diamond District with Wi-Fi over the next two years that can be utilized by the community as they participate in various programs at the center, such as job recruitment, arts and culture, and special events in and around Celebration Hall, outdoors at Celebration Court and Market Creek Amphitheater and Market Creek Plaza. Students, families and individuals can access remote work and courses from their devices at one of Jacobs Centers’ outdoor spaces also.
The Jacobs Center is located in San Diego’s federally designated Promise Zone, which consists of neighborhoods that have higher unemployment and lower educational attainment than other communities.
“Wi-Fi access is a large barrier in the Southeastern San Diego community that affects families, students and professionals. According to the city of San Diego, there are 53,000 households in the city without internet and broadband services,” said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. “We’re grateful to Cox for providing a solution and helping to bridge this equity gap in our neighborhood.”
“Education and digital equity are the cornerstones of Cox’s community giving, and we’re proud to bring our Wi-Fi network to the Jacobs Center to increase broadband access for all,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. “The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is providing critical programs to the community and we want to support those efforts.”
“Bridging the digital divide in our historically under-resourced communities requires all of us working together,” said San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe. “Cox Communications has been a trusted industry leader in bringing access to those most in need, and they share the city of San Diego’s mission of connecting our communities.”
The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center building is called “home” by many area organizations and charitable nonprofits that cumulatively serve thousands of county residents with health and human services, youth development, cultural & performing arts, leadership and advocacy and more.
To access the free Cox Wi-Fi while at the Jacobs Center, look for “SE_TechHub_at_JacobsCenter” when searching for available Wi-Fi networks on your device.
About Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations and partners to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills and educational success. Learn more at www.jacobscenter.org and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve nearly seven million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.