Cable modems, access donated
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jul 29, 2002
Santa Barbara Computers for Families
Toshiba America Inc. announced July 23 that it will donate 1,500 cable modems
and Cox Communications Inc. will offer discounted Internet service to disadvantaged
families in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Computers for Families, a nonprofit organization that acquires new and
used computer equipment from businesses and distributes it to families in
need, will distribute the modems and other equipment to economically challenged
families in the area. The organization also provides computer training for
teachers and parents directly impacted by the gift.
Toshiba will be donating its PCX DOCSIS cable modems, which will provide
access to the Internet through an always-on cable connection provided by
Cox Communications, at speeds 100 times faster than a dial-up modem. Toshiba
will also provide its self-install wizard and Symantec Corp.'s Norton Internet
According to a Cox representative, families are selected to receive
the equipment based the following: Teachers must first send in an application
to Computer for Families, then they follow that up with a list of students
who do not have access to such equipment at home. Those students will receive
Cox Communications will charge users $125 dollars per year for the connection,
about $10 per month. "We are offering a 75 percent discount off our retail
rate," said David Edelman, director of public affairs for Cox Communication's
central coast region. "More importantly, the value of our contribution totals
$1.5 million in savings for families in the Santa Barbara area."
According to Edelman, Cox plans to match Toshiba's modem donation and
connect 1,500 families in the Santa Barbara area.
The first shipment of modems and other equipment will be delivered toward
the end of August or early September.