Connect 2 Compete Bibb County


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Connect2Compete announces digital opportunity campaign in Bibb County schools:
Knight Foundation, Cox, Redemtech partner with national non-profit to bring reduced-cost Internet, affordable computers and digital training to local families. Find out more at

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  • C2C is aNational broadband adoption initiative announced by the FCC Chairman Nov 2011Goal is to promote digital literacy education and broadband adoption for low income households with school age children (at least one child in Free National School Lunch Program)Voluntary Partnership between the FCC, NCTA, broadband providers, hardware providers, content providers, and non-profits. Connect2Compete is the non-profit company who manages the program and the brand.
  • Formed 2011 C2C’s partners include major cable broadband providers, national and local nonprofits, and other national organizations. This national initiative aims to provide students and families with the hardware and digital skills to effectively improve their lives and help them thrive in the global economy.
  • Families do not have to take both products – they can get either one or bothIf customers have a back balance with Cox, they have an opportunity to pay off the balance to participate in the program.
  • Minimum qualification for Cox’s program with C2C is that the family has a child in the national free lunch programTo receive the broadband offer, the families will need to be in the Cox service area and not have any bad debt.The families must also have not had Cox internet in the last 3 months—again, this is an adoption program and we want to be sure to target families that are not currently connected
  • Application will ask the applicant to indicate that they are enrolled in Free Lunch program and they are willing to share that information as part of this C2C enrollment processC2C Eligibility Center will utilize 3rd party databases to validate student’s participation in Free Lunch Program
  • What does your participation mean?Be champions of this program and get the families online!Please identify one or more members of your district staff to work with Cox, C2C and the schools— Technology officers or Tech Ed directors are great Help us get commitments from your principals – we heard feedback from some schools in the first trial that they would make this more of a priority if the district communicated that directive and urgencyIf the principals cannot personally be involved, ask them to appoint someone from their staff to work with your district teams.Source: Gina Baldwin (pictured), Tech Coach, Escondido
  • (Screenshot of toolkit page)
  • Connect 2 Compete Bibb County

    1. 1. 2012 Fall Pilot - The OffersOctober 19 – December 15Broadband by Cox $9.95 Starter CHSI for 2 years (1 Mbps / Free Online & In-person Digital 384kbps) Literacy Training Free cable modem rental for 2 years Geek Squad Free professional or self installation Public Libraries No deposit and no contract Online at Free McAfee Security Suite with Starter servicePC Offer $150 Refurbished Laptop or Desktop Includes MS Office and Windows 7 80 GB Hard Drive / 2 GB Memory DVD Drive Free Shipping & Handling
    2. 2. 2012 Fall Pilot - Qualification• Families with at least 1 child receiving free lunch in the National School Lunch Program in one of the participating schools• Other broadband qualification: – Live in a Cox service area – Have not subscribed to Cox Internet in the preceding 90 days – Do not have any outstanding past-due payments to Cox
    3. 3. 2012 Fall Pilot - Enrollment Process Call Toll-Free: Go Online: 1-855-222-3217 OR I qualify so, How do I get it? Internet PC $9.95/month $150 Facilitated Facilitated Phone Web Phone Web Enrollment Enrollment Internet purchased PC purchased Service installed aprox. 7 days after PC delivered aprox. 5 days after purchase purchase
    4. 4. 2012 Fall Pilot - District Participation • Engage and attain commitment from principals and school leadership • Ask principals to appoint C2C liaison(s) at schools sites that will work with the C2C Macon Program Manager
    5. 5. 2012 Fall Pilot - Next Steps• Bibb BOE: – Distribution of flyers, posters & School Welcome packets to school sites – Engagement of BOE Leadership• C2C: – Hire Macon Program Manager to coordinate effort with BOE and community partners Lets work together to put Bibb County on the map as aunited community committed to bringing our students and families into the digital age!