Just over a year ago, the president of Cox Communications, Pat Esser, stood in front of our first gigabit residential community in south Scottsdale and announced that Cox would make 1 gigabit Internet service available to all of its residential customers…..starting in Arizona. A year later, the number of Valley homes, apartment complexes and businesses with access to Cox gigabit service continues to grow as we deliver on our commitment to make these speeds available to all of our customers. Through Cox Communications, gigabit speeds ARE HERE in the Phoenix metropolitan area!
Cox’s gigabit service represents an exponential leap in broadband connectivity − the fastest residential Internet speeds available in the U.S. today, and 100 times faster than the average Internet speeds across the country. Availability of these speeds in metro Phoenix is a game changer for our economy, creating greater access to education, health care, telework opportunities and entrepreneurial business creation. And it increases the value of homes in the Valley, too. According to a 2015 study cited by the National Association of Realtors, the availability of fiber delivering gigabit speeds to homes can increase the value of an average house by $5,000!
The collision of science and technology is enabling the delivery of advanced tele-health applications for better, more cost-effective health care at home. Students of all ages can keep up in an educational environment that is more and more reliant on the Internet to educate kids and adults. And faster speeds enhance the enjoyment of online video games and streaming music and video. Imagine downloading a 5GB video file in 43 seconds.
While Cox is busy investing in our network in Arizona to continue introducing gigabit speeds across the Valley, we are also continuing to increase speeds for our other tiers of Internet service and expand the choice of services for our customers. For example, in September, Cox doubled speeds on our Ultimate level of service, providing customers 300 Mbps (up from 150 Mbps) at no additional charge.
Faster residential Internet speeds are here in the Valley… how will you use it?