Cox Communications Delivers Free Wi-Fi to Southeastern San Diego’s Joe & Vi Jacobs Center to Increase Community Broadband Connectivity

Photo Caption: From left, Cox Communications Director of Government Affairs Cassandra Weinlein, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones, San Diego City Councilmember (District 4) Monica Montgomery Steppe, Cox SVP/Region Manager Ingo Hentschel. Photo credit: Dalia Smallwood.

Black & Magazine Newswire

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.