New Analysis Finds Cox’s Economic Impact Critical to Arizona’s Growth

A recent study by Applied Analysis reveals that Cox Communications has an economic impact of $5.5 billion on Arizona each year.

Cox, the nation’s largest family telecommunications provider, pays more than $84 million annually in state and local taxes and franchise fees. Additionally, the company and its employees donate more than $33 million annually to nonprofits and community programs.

The company has more than 3,100 employees in Arizona and supports more than 11,000 jobs statewide.

“Maintaining the commitment to the communities where we work and live that was made by our founder, Governor James Cox, Cox is proud to have a history of contributing billions of dollars to Arizona’s economy through to investment and jobs,” said Cox Southwest Vice President. and Regional Manager, Percy Kirk. “We are committed to providing excellent service and the fastest internet speeds in the state.”

Pandemic support

Last year, Cox launched ConnectAssist, a program for low-income families to benefit from discounted internet plans and modem rentals, as part of its efforts to create digital equity and ensure that all Arizonans are connected to reliable high-speed internet.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important connectivity is as many schools and workplaces have moved online. During the pandemic, Cox pledged $60 million to help bridge the “digital divide,” in addition to offering free and heavily discounted subscriptions to families in need.

The company operates 43 computer labs across Arizona, in partnership with various nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

In total, more than 69,000 families with children have received help from Cox throughout the pandemic.

Rural Broadband

The company is also an integral part of Arizona’s efforts to fully connect rural and tribal Arizona residents to high-speed Internet. For the past two years, the state has exceeded the national average for households connected to broadband Internet connections, but rural areas continue to lag behind.

Governor Doug Ducey announced in February a $68.1 million investment to expand broadband connectivity along Interstate 40 West from Flagstaff to the California border.

In March, as part of a nationwide investment of $2.7 billion, Cox will bring high-speed internet and communications infrastructure to the community of Huachuca in southern Arizona and parts of Sierra View.

Since 2010, Cox has invested $2.7 billion in Arizona’s communications infrastructure and now operates more than 30,000 miles of fiber optic and coaxial infrastructure across the state.