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Jan. 15, 2009
Cox to Offer All Customers Access to HBO’s Exclusive Inauguration Special

WE ARE ONE:  THE OBAMA INAUGURAL CELEBRATION AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL airs January 18

OMAHA Cox Communications is pleased to announce that all Cox customers will have full access to HBO’s exclusive Inauguration Special, airing live on Jan. 18 at 1:30 pm with a replay at 6 pm.  We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, will be available for free regardless of whether a customer is an HBO subscriber. Any Cox customer can simply tune to channel 4 for full access to the special. Cox HBO subscribers will also have access to the event on channel 15 or via HBO On DEMAND Monday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 25. 

The Opening Celebration for the 56th Presidential Inaugural will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on Sunday, Jan. 18. The event will feature some of the biggest acts in the world of entertainment.  President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden will both attend the event, which will be free and open to the public. 

Musical performers scheduled for the event include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, will.i.am and Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation. Rob Mathes will be the music director and arranger for the backing band, which will support all of the artists. Additional performers will be announced as they are confirmed.

For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit www.pic2009.org.


JANUARY 14, 2009
Cox Business Provides Efficient Networking Solutions for Companies in a Tough Economy

Ethernet Services Deliver More Economical Bandwidth as Compared to Legacy Frame Relay and Private Line Services

ATLANTA – Cox Business (www.coxbusiness.com) today encouraged IT directors, chief information officers and business owners seeking to better manage operational costs in the challenging economy to take a closer look at Ethernet networking services. Ethernet, the preferred emerging networking technology for businesses, provides higher bandwidth rates and lower costs per bit compared to legacy telecommunications services like Frame Relay and Private Lines - creating an opportunity for significant savings that can be allocated to additional network services or other parts of the organization.

“The vast majority of advanced data networking circuits in use today by businesses utilize legacy technologies such as Frame Relay or Private Line services that were aggressively deployed over the last two decades by regional telecom carriers,” said Kristine Faulkner, vice president of product development and management, Cox Business. “Although Ethernet represents an ideal solution for many businesses, these traditional telecom carriers have very little incentive to migrate customers from higher billing legacy services.”

According to Vertical Systems Group, the majority of business Ethernet deployment will come from the replacement of legacy services. Ethernet services provide a simpler, more transparent, lower cost and far more scalable transport option than many legacy technologies. Almost all existing customer Frame Relay circuits and more than half of Private Lines operate at a rate of 1.5 Mbps or less. With Ethernet services, businesses get multi-megabit to Gigabit transport speeds for a fraction of the cost per bit as compared to what they currently pay for their legacy services.

“The economy is forcing managers to aggressively and strategically drive cost out of their business. Replacing legacy networking connections with Ethernet is an immediate way to reduce operational costs, while gaining greater flexibility and scalability for future growth,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal, Vertical Systems Group. “As businesses make final IT spending and strategy adjustments for 2009, this will be a top consideration.”

American National Bank, a regional network of financial institutions based in Omaha, Neb., uses Cox Business Ethernet services to share information between its headquarters location, data center and more than 20 bank branches. The Ethernet solution includes redundant connectivity for enhanced business continuity and supports banking applications including check imaging, ATM data transfer and Internet access.

“By migrating our network from Frame Relay to Ethernet, we were able to double the size of our connections and add redundancy for disaster recovery, without any additional cost,” said Jim Burns, senior vice president, American National Bank. “Cox Business worked closely with our team to implement an efficient solution that immediately created a more effective and reliable network and added scalability for future growth.”

After experiencing additional reliability and functionality on its core network due to the initial Ethernet migration, American National Bank is now considering a similar evolution with its broader ATM network.

“The value proposition of Ethernet is hard to argue with: more bandwidth for the buck, increased scalability and reliability that, in our case, was far better than our legacy transport services,” added Burns.

Cox Business is the fourth largest Ethernet service provider in the U.S., according to Vertical Systems Group, and is the only multiple system cable operator ranked in the top tier. The global Metro Ethernet Forum has certified Cox Business as MEF 9 and 14 compliant, the hallmark of carriers who deliver advanced Ethernet services. Cox Business also leads all providers of small and midsize business data solutions in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications StudySM.


Jan. 14, 2009
Guy Cherp promoted to Vice President of Cox Business in Omaha 

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications announced today that Guy Cherp has been named Vice President of Cox Business in the Omaha metro area. In this role, Cherp will be responsible for leading a team focused on providing voice, data, Internet and video services to thousands of area businesses.

Cherp has worked for Cox Communications and other Cox companies for more than fourteen years, most recently serving as Vice President of Operations for Cox’s Sun Valley, Idaho system. Previously, he served as manager of business development at Cox Communications’ corporate offices in Atlanta, Ga.

“Guy has the strategic leadership we need as we continue to grow our business relationships,” said Percy Kirk, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications.  “His background in competitive industries and his experience in building strategic relationships will be a valuable asset to our company.”

Cherp holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental conservation from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife, Mia, have three young children.

Cherp replaces Hyman Sukiennik who had served as the VP of Cox Business since 1998. Sukiennik is now working in the same capacity in Cox Communications’ Phoenix, Ariz. system.


January 13, 2009
Fox Business Network Available on Cox Communications Digital Cable

OMAHA FOX Business Network (FBN) is now available on channel 200 of Cox Communications’ digital cable lineup.

FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York - the business capital of the world - FBN launched in October 2007. Owned by News Corp, the network has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC and London. On the web at www.foxbusiness.com.


January 12, 2009
TV ONE PLANS FULL DAY OF INAUGURATION COVERAGE JANUARY 20

OMAHA –TV One will offer a full day of coverage of the Inauguration of America’s first African-American President and the activities surrounding this historic occasion. Inauguration Day programming begins Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6 AM, with a special episode of The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors that pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and President-elect Obama, followed by two hour-long documentaries about the President-elect: Believe: The Barack Obama Story and Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey

Live coverage of the inauguration begins at 9 AM.  TV One’s anchor position overlooks the West Front of the U.S. Capitol where the swearing-in and Inaugural Address will take place. In addition, Morning Show news correspondent Jacque Reid will be at the West Front for interviews and up close and personal reporting. TV One will have multi-camera live coverage of all the events of the day.

“We plan to offer our viewers who can’t be in Washington – and maybe even some who are – a ring-side seat for the most important political and social events,” said TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers. “We want to convey a sense of the excitement, the pride and the meaning of this event for African Americans and for all Americans.” 

TV One is available on Cox digital cable channel 251. For more information on Cox, call 933-3000.


November 5, 2008

Cox High Speed Internet Receives Highest Honor In Customer Satisfaction Among Residential High-Speed Internet Service Providers in the West From J.D. Power and Associates

Cable is a leader in customer satisfaction among broadband providers

ATLANTA – Cox Communications today announced that it received the highest ranking in the Western region among Internet service providers in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2008 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM. The study measures customer satisfaction among 12 providers in the West.

“Customers clearly prefer the speeds, features and reliability of Cox High Speed Internet over that of the competition,” said David Pugliese, senior vice president of product marketing for Cox. “With speed enhancements each of the last five years, the introduction of new technology like PowerBoost and the safety of the Cox Security Suite powered by McAfee, we’re helping customers get more out of what they’re into.”

J.D. Power and Associates surveyed nearly 17,000 dial-up, DSL and cable Internet customers nationwide who answered questions about their service provider's performance and reliability, cost of service, billing, customer service and offers and promotions. In the high-speed Internet segment, Cox received the top scores in the West for performance and reliability, billing and highest ranking in customer satisfaction overall. Cox scored 25 points higher than the West average for overall satisfaction.

“Cox has a long history of excellent customer service, and our employees strive to continually earn our customers’ trust,” said Pugliese. “This latest recognition demonstrates that we’re listening to what our customers have to say and are providing them the high-quality Internet service they expect in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

Cox's high-speed Internet service also ranked the highest in overall customer satisfaction in 2005. Cox ranked highest in customer satisfaction with residential telephone service in the West (2003-2008), the Northeast (2006-2007), and the Southwest (2006-2007). Cox also ranked highest in customer satisfaction with cable/satellite service in the West in 2006, and for business customer satisfaction for small/midsize business data service providers in 2008 and 2006.

Cox first launched Cox High Speed Internet in 1996. Since then, the company has expanded its Internet services to reach 18 markets, serving more than 3.9 million high-speed Internet customers.
 


Oct. 13, 2008
Cox Offers Debates On Demand

Digital customers can access all debates via the On DEMAND library on channel 998

OMAHA – Cox Communications’ digital cable customers who missed the vice-presidential or presidential debates can view them in the company’s On DEMAND library located on channel 998. Customers can access the debates by selecting the FreeZone category and then Elections ‘08. All three presidential debates and the vice-presidential debate will be accessible in the On DEMAND library following the day they occur.

Elections ’08, located in Cox’s On DEMAND FreeZone, is the destination for customers to become informed and educated about the upcoming election.  As part of the effort, Cox customers can view the debates in their entirety and coverage from both conventions that took place earlier in the year.

“We know that our customers’ lives are busy. On DEMAND is an excellent way to keep up with the important events of the political season at a time that is convenient for our customers,” said Community Relations Specialist Kelly Sare. “Cox is able to provide instant access to the debates so that customers can access this important information any time they choose.”

The content will be made available to digital cable customers at no charge the day after each event and available until November 5.

On DEMAND from Cox allows digital cable customers to watch TV on their schedule – more than 6,000 selections of movies, shows and videos- even high-definition content - at anytime they want. Best of all, On DEMAND is easy to use and offers tons of free programming to all digital cable customers.


SEPT. 19, 2008
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints General Conference to be Broadcast Live


OMAHA – The semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast live on Cox Digital Cable channel 122 on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5.

As a public service, Cox will air the conference live in its entirety from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Saturday, Oct. 4
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. General Session
• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. LDS Short Programs
• 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. General Session

Sunday, Oct. 5
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. General Session
• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. LDS Short Programs
• 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. General Session
 


SEPT. 15, 2008
Cox Receives J.D. Power and Associates’ Highest Honor in Regional Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction For Sixth Consecutive Year
 

OMAHA - Cox Communications Inc. announced today that it received highest honors in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Residential Regional Telephone Customer Satisfaction StudySM in the West. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Cox’s residential telephone service has ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the region.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction StudySM measures customer satisfaction with both local and long distance telephone service among 8 local telephone providers in the West. Cox received highest honors in overall satisfaction, scoring 23 points higher than the West average. Cox ranked highest on every factor comprising overall satisfaction, which includes performance and reliability, cost of service, customer service, billing and offerings and promotions.

“It’s clear that consumers continue to be highly satisfied with the reliability, savings and convenience of Cox Digital Telephone, as demonstrated by receiving top honors for six consecutive years,” said Kristin Peck, Cox’s vice president of public and government affairs. “We extended our commitment to customer service to consumers who were looking for an alternative provider to traditional telephone companies more than 10 years ago. This commitment is inherent at every single point of our organization. Our continuous success is the result of our dedicated employees who work everyday to demonstrate and earn the trust of consumers.”

Overall, cable companies dominated customer satisfaction rankings for the second year for local and long distance telephone service. The J.D. Power and Associates study finds the impact of bundled voice and data services, the study finds that overall satisfaction is higher among customers who bundle two or more services with one provider, compared with customers subscribing to phone service alone.  Cox’s key philosophy that bundled services brings overall greater customer satisfaction by convenience and simplicity in receiving all telecommunication (local and long distance) and entertainment services from a single provider on a single bill.

Today, more than 2.5 million residential customers and more than 250,000 businesses enjoy Cox Digital Telephone.

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers.  The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses.  Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services.  Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel.  More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com

About J.D. Power and Associates:
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction.  The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually.  For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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SEPT. 11, 2008
Cox Digital Cable Customers Get Sneak Peek of NBC’s New Fall Lineup Via On Demand

OMAHA - Cox Communications is offering its digital customers early access to some of this fall’s hottest new shows via the On DEMAND library. Beginning on September 17, customers can access new NBC shows and returning favorites including Knight Rider, Kath & Kim, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck and Life.  

One week prior to their premiers on NBC, Cox customers can access episodes of Knight Rider, Kath & Kim, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck and Life by tuning to channel 998, selecting the FreeZone category and then NBC Fall Preview. Customers can access the shows in high-definition by selecting NBC Fall Preview HD. Episodes are available for one week each prior to their linear premier.

§         Knight Rider preview from 9/17-9/23 (premieres on NBC on 9/24)
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Kath & Kim preview from 10/2-10/8 (premieres on NBC on 10/9)
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Lipstick Jungle preview from 9/17- 9/23 (premieres on NBC on 9/24)
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Chuck preview from 9/22-9/28 (premieres on NBC on 9/29)
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Life preview from 9/22-9/28 (premieres on NBC on 9/29

On DEMAND from Cox allows digital cable customers to watch TV on their schedule – more than 6000 selections of movies, shows and videos- even high-definition content - at anytime they want. Best of all, On DEMAND is easy to use and offers tons of free programming to all digital cable customers.

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SEPT. 10, 2008
Cox Launches “Media Store and Share” in Omaha Metro

Free service allows customers to back-up files online and share them with friends and family

OMAHA – Cox Communications will offer its high-speed Internet customers up to 5GB of free storage in an online vault through its new Media Store and Share service beginning Sept. 24. The feature, which is free for all Preferred and Premier package customers, allows customers to save their favorite photos, videos and documents online and share them with others via an e-mail link.

“We’re committed to helping our customers get more out of what they’re into,” stated Kelly Sare, Public Affairs Specialist. “Media Store and Share is a perfect example of bringing that strategy to life. Customers can back-up their files in their own secure, online vault – and if they choose, they can share those files with friends and family.”

Media Store and Share allows customers to manually transfer files from their computer into their online vault. PC users can also download a separate program that will automatically copy specified file types from the customer’s computer into the storage vault on a regular basis – providing essential online back-up. Media Store and Share also lets customers store music for personal use and create custom playlists with their music files. 

Customers can access the new Media Store and Share service by logging into their primary Cox account through the Internet Tools link on www.cox.net. The easy-to-use application walks the customer through the process of uploading files, creating folders and sharing files with other users.

“With Media Store and Share, there’s no hopping between several separate video and photo sites to store and share different types of files,” stated Sare.  “The integrated storage vault allows users to keep various file types in one place and share them with as few or as many people as they’d like.”

Media Store and Share is the latest in a series of enhancements for Cox High Speed Internet customers. In the last year, Cox has increased speeds and added PowerBoost for Uploads; increased mailbox sizes; strengthened Internet safety with the Cox Security Suite powered by McAfee; and added new features like Cox Rhapsody music and free access to myNOGGIN. Customers recognize Cox as an Internet provider of choice, as evidenced by the 2007 PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. Cox has received this honor four out of the last five years.

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
COX EARNS TOP MARKS IN 2009 CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX
Cox Graded 100 Percent in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Seventh Annual Index


Omaha, NE – Cox Communications has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Cox joins the ranks of 259 other major U.S. businesses which get top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

“Diversity is a core value at Cox,” said Senior VP and Region Manager, Percy Kirk. “We work hard to ensure that our culture and our employee benefits packages reflect the inclusiveness we expect in our work environment. A perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a humble recognition of our efforts.”

The CEI rated 583 businesses in total, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits. Cox’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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AUG. 28, 2008
Democratic and Republican National Convention Speeches To be Available to Cox Customers On Demand

OMAHA - Cox Communications announced today that digital cable customers in the Omaha metro area will have extended access to the speeches from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions via on the On DEMAND library, located on channel 998. Customers will access the speeches by selecting the FreeZone category and then Elections 08.

“Cox’s On DEMAND technology provides customers a great way to get educated and participate in the political process,” said Kelly Sare, Public Affairs Specialist. “We know many customers might miss the key happenings at the conventions. On DEMAND provides a convenient way for them to catch up on all the political happenings at anytime they choose at no additional cost.”

Selected Speeches/Events from the Democratic National Convention made available for On DEMAND will include:
Michelle Obama, a tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner delivering the "keynote," former President Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, the Vice Presidential nominee, former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. Barack Obama

Selected Speeches/Events from the Republican National Convention made available On DEMAND will include:
Vice President Dick Cheney, First Lady Laura Bush, President George Bush, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani delivering the "keynote," Cindy McCain, the Vice Presidential nominee and Sen. John McCain

The content will be made available at no charge the day after each event and available until November 5.

On DEMAND from Cox allows digital cable customers to watch TV on their schedule. On DEMAND is easy to use and offers tons of free programming to all digital cable customers.

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AUG. 7, 2008
COX’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox is gearing up for the football season with its High School Football Game of the Week presented by Iowa Western Community College.

Local games will air on Cox Channel 2 at 5 p.m. every Sunday throughout the season. All games will also be available free of charge via On Demand, Cox Channel 998 under Local On Demand.

The high school football broadcast schedule is as follows:

Record Date

Matchup

Air Date

Air Time

8/29

Omaha Westside @ Elkhorn

8/31

5:00pm

9/5

Lewis Central @ St. Albert

9/7

5:00pm

9/12

Creighton Prep @ Omaha Westside

9/14

5:00pm

9/19

Omaha Central @ Creighton Prep

9/21

5:00pm

9/26

Abraham Lincoln @ Thomas Jefferson

9/28

5:00pm

10/3

Omaha North @ Omaha Burke

10/5

5:00pm

10/10

Papillion South @ Bellevue West

10/12

5:00pm

10/17

Bellevue East @ Papillion

10/19

5:00pm

10/24

Millard North @ Millard South

10/26

5:00pm

10/31

First Round Playoffs

11/2

5:00pm

11/7

Quarterfinal Playoffs

11/9

5:00pm

11/15

Semifinal Playoffs

11/16

5:00pm

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AUG. 6, 2008
J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Study


OMAHA – Cox Business announced the company leads all providers of small and midsize business data solutions in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications StudySM released this summer.

Cox ranked particularly high in the following categories: performance and reliability; sales representatives/account executives; billing; cost of service and customer service. Cox’s overall rating leads all other providers, including traditional telecommunications providers and other multiple system cable operators (MSOs).

“Businesses rely on data services to link to critical information sources, key suppliers, remote work sites and customers,” said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business. “Cox remains focused on delivering a broad portfolio of reliable solutions that enable businesses to operate more effectively. We are pleased that our efforts to serve as the preferred and trusted provider of businesses are indicated in the latest J.D. Power and Associates study.”

Cox Business provides a full portfolio of voice, data and video services to more than 240,000 business customers in Cox markets across the U.S., including small businesses, multi-location enterprises, regional healthcare providers and federal, state and local government organizations. In 2007, Cox became the first multiple system cable operator to enter the top tier of U.S. business Ethernet providers, according to Vertical Systems Group. Cox was also recognized in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services StudySM – Data for highest customer satisfaction among small/midsize business data service providers in the nation.

The 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services Study is based on responses from 2,422 business customers with telecommunications data services at small/midsize and large enterprise businesses in the United States and includes evaluation of their data service providers. The study was fielded in March and April 2008.

Additional information on the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications StudySM, including full ranking charts, is available online at http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2008073.

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AUG. 6, 2008
COX BRINGS CUSTOMERS NBC UNIVERSAL’S ROBUST OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE THROUGH ADVANCED DIGITAL SERVICES  -
With Cox’s bundle of services, customers have access to unprecedented coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

OMAHA - Cox Communications, in agreement with NBC Universal (NBCU), today announced that customers who can’t make it to Beijing to see the Olympics in person should look no further than Cox to bring them an experience that is as close to being there as possible.

Through advanced technology and the networks of NBCU, customers will have access to 3,600 hours of Olympics coverage on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Oxygen and Telemundo and NBCOlympics.com. This includes more than 800 hours in high-definition coverage, including two sport-specific HD channels airing just during the Olympics: NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and NBC Olympic Basketball Channel. Cox High-Speed Internet customers can access 2,200 hours of 25 events streamed live, plus full-event video replays, extensive highlights, including daily recaps of key events, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips each day, available on NBCOlympics.com via a link from www.cox.net. In addition, digital cable customers can view the Olympic content free via Cox’s On DEMAND library, located on channel 998.

Cox’s Olympics experience includes:

  • On DEMAND coverage – Free to digital cable customers

    • NBC Universal’s pre-Games preview. Content includes 60 clips focusing on the emotion and excitement of the Games. Categories include: Beijing 411; Meet the Athletes; and Team USA Preview.

    • NBC Universal’s In-Games package, featuring daily highlights of each sport, in addition to access to the best events each day. Content includes overall daily highlights by sport (some available in high-definition), and “Rewind,” showcasing the best sessions/games per day.

  • More than 800 hours of high-definition coverage with Cox HD service

    • On NBC HD, Universal HD, USA HD, and CNBC HD+

    • Special HD channels devoted to soccer and basketball coverage:

      • NBC Olympic Soccer Channel – available on channel 706

      • NBC Olympic Basketball Channel – available on channel 707

  • Special foreign language TV coverage via two distinct channels:

    • NBC Presents the Olympics in Korean on channel 190

    • NBC Presents the Olympics in Mandarin (Chinese) on channel 191

  • 2,200 hours of 25 events streamed live, plus full-event video replays, extensive highlights, including daily recaps of key events, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips each day, with Cox High Speed Internet – accessed via a link to NBCOlympics.com from www.cox.net

Cox is also developing a special Zone Channel just for the Olympics. NBC’s Olympic Showcase will be available during the Olympics and will showcase all of the NBCU’s networks with Olympic coverage on one screen so customers can access all of the action simultaneously. Customers will tune to channel 990 to access NBC’s Olympic Showcase.

To view NBCU’s high-definition coverage, Cox customers need only have an HD-ready television and subscribe to digital cable and high-definition service. There is no additional equipment purchase or antenna required.

For more information visit NBCOlympics.com, and to order high definition service from Cox, call your local Cox office at 933-3000 or visit www.cox.com/system.

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JULY 28, 2008
LOCAL TWEEN PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL INTERNET SAFETY SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.  

OMAHA - Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) held the third annual Cox Communications National Summit on Internet Safety in Washington D.C. on July 22.  Sixteen students from Cox communities nationwide participated in discussions on Internet safety led by children's advocate John Walsh and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson.

Local summit participant, 11-year-old DeVante Vaughn, joined the group to discuss online behaviors of tweens (children between the ages of eight and twelve) and survey results of the Cox Tween Internet Safety survey. Vaughn, a Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands member since 2005, was selected by Cox because of its local partnership with the clubs. For access to the complete survey results, fast-facts from the findings, photos and b-roll from the Summit, visit www.safeteensonline.com.

Again this year, discussion at the Summit covered a mix of encouraging and troubling news revealed by the most recent survey on Internet safety. Key findings from the survey released today are:

  • The percentage of tweens that tell parents “a lot” or “everything” they do online drops rapidly with age.  Only sixty-nine percent of eleven to twelve year-olds tell Mom and Dad a lot/everything versus eighty-six percent of eight year-olds to ten year-olds.
  • Ninety percent of tweens report having used the Internet by the age of nine.
  • Tweens online presence doubles or even triples between the ages of eight to ten and eleven to twelve.
  • Thirty-four percent of eleven and twelve year-olds have a profile on a social networking site. Tweens with social networking profiles post more personal information online.
  • More than one in five tweens post information about themselves online, including pictures, the city they live in and how old they are.  Twenty-seven percent of tweens ages eleven to twelve admit to posting a fake age online.
  • Twenty-eight percent of tweens have been contacted over the Internet by someone they don’t know.
  • Of tweens who have been contacted online by someone they don't know (twenty-eight percent), eighteen percent keep the messages to themselves, and eleven percent have chatted with the unknown person.

“Our first line of defense in keeping kids safe is parents and guardians, and most parents seem to be taking this responsibility seriously,” said John Walsh, host of “America's Most Wanted” (FOX). “Seventy-three percent of the tweens who participated in our survey indicated that Mom or Dad had talked to them ‘a lot’ about Internet safety.  The remaining twenty-seven percent represents too many kids to leave unprotected when there are people out there who have the compulsion to commit horrible acts.  Each child with Internet access must learn as much about safety as possible. The stakes are just too high,” Walsh said.

Lauren Nelson also shared her own personal experience in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers for children on the Internet. “When I was thirteen, my friends and I made the bad decision to share personal information on the Internet with someone we later learned meant to harm us,” said Nelson. “We told him our names, ages and where we lived. Thankfully, we told our parents about what we had done, and nothing bad happened to any of us, but not all kids are this lucky.  Tweens share a lot with their parents, but start to keep things to themselves as they mature; parents need to understand this and do their best to keep the lines of communication open.”

The tweens also visited Capitol Hill where they met with Senators and Representatives from their respective states in an effort to bring awareness to the issue of Internet safety.  During more than twenty-five separate meetings, the tweens spoke one-on-one with Senators and Representatives including Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Lee Terry (R-NE).

The Tween Summit is an extension of Cox Communications' ongoing Take Charge! initiative (www.cox.com/takecharge), which helps parents, guardians and kids make smarter media decisions. The Teen Summit will air on Cox's local cable channels nationwide later this summer.

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JULY 16, 2008
LOCAL TWEEN TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL INTERNET SAFETY SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON JULY 22

OMAHA - Cox Communications, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), TV host and children's advocate John Walsh, and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, will convene for the third annual Cox Communications National Summit on Internet Safety on July 22 in Washington D.C.  

Cox is sending a local tween, 11-year-old DeVante Vaughn, to participate in the summit.  As a panel participant, Vaughn will join others tweens from across the nation in a discussion on Internet safety. They will also discuss ways parents, guardians and teen mentors can help children be safer online. The discussion will be led by Walsh and Nelson.

A press conference will be held immediately following the summit to disclose recent research findings on the behavior of young people online. Findings from the summit will also be discussed. The tweens will deliver the news directly to Capitol Hill in meetings with members of Congress on July 23.

WHAT:  Cox Communications National Summit on Internet Safety
WHEN:  Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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         Tween Summit at 9:00 a.m.
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         Press Conference at 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: 
National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

A fraction of the research findings have already been released, some of which are encouraging:

  • Seventy-three percent of tweens report that Mom and Dad have talked to them “a lot” about Internet safety.
  • Ninety-six percent of tweens tell Mom and Dad about at least some of what they do online; seventy-nine percent tell parents everything.
  • Of tweens who tell someone when they receive online messages from unknown senders, the vast majority reach out to Mom (ninety-one percent)
  • Ninety percent of tweens are online by age nine.

Complete findings from the Cox Tween Internet Safety Survey will be made available at the July 22 press briefing.

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers.  The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses.  Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services.  Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel.  More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com

About Cox’s Take Charge Initiative:
Cox's Take Charge! program was launched in 2004 to educate parents and guardians about the importance of Internet safety and to help families get the most out of mass media in the home. It provides scores of resources to help parents and guardians manage what their children see, and don't see, on TV and the Internet -- from instructions on setting parental controls, to a guide to the lingo teens use online, to tips for more constructive conversations between parents and kids. Teaching young children and teens how to stay safer online is a major element of the Take Charge program, thanks in part to Cox's partnership with the NetSmartz® Workshop, NCMEC’s Internet safety resource available at www.NetSmartz.org. Cox has donated more than $30 million worth of advertising time to NetSmartz and NCMEC to encourage safer online behavior among children.  More information on Take Charge! is available at www.Cox.com/TakeCharge.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 2.2 million calls.  It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 126,000 children.  The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 594,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification program has analyzed 14,437,865 child pornography images and videos.  The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.

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JULY 15, 2008
COX TO INCREASE INTERNET SPEEDS FOR CUSTOMERS IN OMAHA METRO

Customers will also experience faster uploads with PowerBoostTM technology

OMAHA – Cox Communications announced a major speed increase for its high-speed Internet customers today.  Customers who choose Cox’s Preferred and Premier packages in the Omaha Metro area will soon see their download speeds increased as much as one-third and their uploads doubled thanks to the addition of PowerBoostTM for uploads.  This marks the fifth year in a row Cox has enhanced speeds for customers.

“We recognize that customers are using the Internet for more intense purposes – online gaming, downloading music and sharing photos and videos,” stated VP of Public and Government Affairs Kristin Peck. “The faster speeds we’re rolling out in our market ensure that Cox customers can spend more time doing what they want online and less time waiting for a slow DSL or dial-up connection.”

The Preferred package is ideal for surfing the Web and downloading photos, videos and music.  Premier offers the fastest speeds and is great for power gamers, telecommuters and households with home networks connecting multiple computers.  Customers will get the speed increases automatically in mid-July.  There’s no need to call or have a technician visit. 

PowerBoost for uploads is an extension of the PowerBoost technology that Cox rolled out last year to increase the speed of downloads for Preferred and Premier customers.  This cable-exclusive technology gives customers an extra burst of speed when they need it most – when they’re receiving or sending large files like photos, movies or music over the Internet.  Preferred customers can actually experience speeds up to 12 Mbps down/1 Mbps up and Premier customers can go up to 20 Mbps down/2 Mbps up.

Package

Previous Speed

(download/upload)

New Speed

(download/upload)

Download Speed
% Increase

Upload Speed
% Increase

Cox
Preferred
High Speed Internet

 

7 Mbps/512 kbps

(9 Mbps/512 Mbps with PowerBoost)

 

9 Mbps/768 kbps

(12 Mbps/1 Mbps with PowerBoost)

 

29%

(33% extra with PowerBoost)

 

50%

(100% extra with PowerBoost)

Cox
Premier High Speed Internet

 

12 Mbps/1 Mbps

(15 Mbps/1 Mbps with PowerBoost)

 

15 Mbps/1.5 Mbps

(20 Mbps/2 Mbps with PowerBoost)

 

25%

 (33% extra with PowerBoost)

 

50%

 (100% extra with PowerBoost)

“The strength of our fiber-optic network allows us to deliver even faster speeds to Cox High Speed Internet customers without the need for network upgrades,” stated VP of Network Operations Joe Seda.  “Cox’s long history of innovation ensures that customers will continue to see not only the speeds, but the compelling features and benefits they want at a competitive price.”   

That innovation includes testing a new technology platform called DOCSIS 3.0, which opens the door to even faster Internet speeds and a broader variety of services that can be offered over cable’s broadband network.

 “Cox’s engineers continue working to bring the new DOCSIS 3.0 standard to our communities,” stated Seda.  “DOCSIS 3.0 enables us to increase to 70, 100 or 150 Mbps downloads in our fiber-rich plant.  Testing of the new platform is already underway and customers should see the benefits soon.”

These speed enhancements are the latest sign of Cox’s ongoing commitment to make its Internet service the best value in the marketplace.  In the last year alone, Cox has increased mailbox sizes; strengthened Internet safety with the Cox Security Suite powered by McAfee; and added new features like Cox Rhapsody music and free access to myNOGGIN.  Customers recognize Cox as an Internet provider of choice, as evidenced by the 2007 PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award.  Cox has received this honor four out of the last five years.

Cox continues to offer two additional levels of Internet service.  The Value package, with downloads up to 1.5Mbps and uploads to 256k, offers broadband speeds for people who like to surf the Web but still aren’t heavy users.  Also, Economy, an entry level package, is available for around $20.  With any of Cox’s packages, there’s no long-term contract required.

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APRIL 24, 2008
COX COMMUNICATIONS RANKED SIXTH ON THE DIVERSITYINC TOP 50 COMPANIES FOR DIVERSITY® LIST
Cox’s Workplaces Also Ranked 10th Best for African American Employees

OMAHA – Cox Communications has announced its ongoing efforts to continuously improve the inclusiveness of its workplaces and to celebrate diversity have led to great strides in its success with the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® List.  “This year, we formed local employee Diversity & Inclusion Councils in each of Cox’s operating systems, continued our efforts to improve measurement of appropriate metrics for diversity and endeavored to better communicate our commitment to diversity to both internal and external audiences, including those companies with whom we do business,” said Percy Kirk, Cox senior VP and region manager.  “As a result, we believe that Cox is truly one of the best places to work in entertainment and telecommunications industries.”

“Cox’s big move from No. 25 last year to No. 6 this year underscores the commitment of President Pat Essser. Cox received a perfect score in our ranking for communicating its diversity message on its web site,” said Luke Visconti, partner and co-founder of DiversityInc. “This reflects what I personally witnessed when presenting information to Cox’s top executives and system general managers. The entire leadership of this company is passionate about diversity management and serving their communities.”

This is Cox’s third year on the list and the second consecutive year in which the company has made significant strides in its ranking.  Cox entered the Top 50 in 2006 with a ranking of 32 and rose to 25 in 2007.  This also marks Cox’s second year among the top company workplaces for African Americans.

A total of 352 companies participated in The 2008 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® ranking, up 10 percent from last year and up 100 percent since 2003. Thirteen companies appeared on the list for the first time and 15 companies went up in ranking from last year.  Now in its eighth year, The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is the largest competition of its kind. The list is determined solely from a comprehensive survey of diversity management that measures CEO commitment, human capital, corporate communications and supplier diversity. Companies on the DiversityInc Top 50 have clarity of their absolute values of human dignity, demonstrating global adherence to these core beliefs. 

“We are thrilled that Cox has excelled in the DiversityInc Top 50 listing, particularly in light of increasing competition for this prestigious recognition.  With more than 350 companies vying for the coveted 50 spots, our progress in the ranking is all the more impressive,” said Kirk. “Everyone at Cox understands that inclusiveness and the active promotion of diversity are business imperatives that are key ingredients to our ongoing success, as well as reflections of our core values.  To best serve our customers, we must be a diverse organization that is a mirror of our communities, and we are very proud to be a leader among companies making this commitment.”

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April 21, 2008
First Fully Bilingual Cox Digital Center to Open April 26

OMAHA – The opening of a Cox digital center inside the Stockyards Plaza Hy-Vee (3505 L St.) marks Cox’s first fully bilingual staffed center. Designed to cater to the largely Spanish-speaking market, the center will only staff bilingual (Spanish/English) representatives.

“A 100 percent bilingual office will ensure we can successfully serve a broader base of our community,” said Summer Widhalm, public relations manager. “We’re excited to be better equipped to meet all of our customer’s needs.”

The center will be a full-service Cox digital center offering product demonstrations of high-speed Internet service and digital and high definition television services. Customers will also have the ability to upgrade or order services, pick up or drop off equipment and make payments. This location will accept cash, check, money order, credit and debit card payments.

Operating hours are:
Monday – Friday:  10am – 7pm
Saturday:  10am – 4pm
Sunday:  Noon – 4pm

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April 19, 2008                                                   

COX HITS A HOME RUN FOR KIDS  
OMAHA, NE
– For the ninth consecutive season, Cox Communications is sponsoring Home Run for Youth Day at Rosenblatt Stadium.  Thousands of area school kids will receive a ticket to attend the Omaha Royals game vs. the New Orleans Zephyrs on Tuesday, April 22nd at 11:05 a.m., courtesy of Cox.

All K-12 students in Cox’s service area have been invited to the game.  This season has had the largest response in the program’s history, with over 12,000 students and 67 schools participating, according to Cox’s spokesperson Kristen Gohr.

“Cox’s Home Run for Youth Day with the Omaha Royals has become a tradition within our community,” said Gohr.  “Schools start calling us at the beginning of the year so they can reserve it on their calendars.  Cox is thrilled to be able to provide thousands of area students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a baseball game with a fun and educational outing.”

“The great response for this year’s Cox Communications Home Run for Youth Day is very exciting,” said Royals Assistant General Manager/Group Sales Eric Leach.  “We are excited that the partnership with Cox Communications is reaching so many kids in the Omaha metro and surrounding areas.  We hope that their day at the ball park will continue on into the classroom and that the children and teachers will be able to use baseball as an educational tool.” 

Preceding the first pitch of next Tuesday’s game students from Gomez Heritage Elementary School will sing the National Anthem.  One student will be chosen at random to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  During the seventh inning stretch, ten Mountain View Elementary School students will lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” 

For more information, contact Kevin McNabb, Royals Director of Media Relations, at (402) 738-5103. 

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March 25, 2008
Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home

To Catch a Predator
Author/Dateline NBC Correspondent Chris Hansen To Speak at Camp Fire Author Luncheon

OMAHA – Cox Communications presents the 2008 Camp Fire Author Luncheon featuring author and Dateline NBC Correspondent Chris Hansen. The luncheon will be held on Wed., April 2, at the Holiday Inn Central (3321 S. 72nd St., Omaha, Neb.) beginning with registration at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be followed by a book signing at 1:15 p.m.

Hansen is a correspondent for NBC News’ Dateline NBC. In the series, To Catch a Predator, Hansen reports hidden camera investigations that expose adults who target children over the Internet. He looks even deeper into the world of child predators with his new book To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home.

“Online predators are a very real part of our society today,” said Cox public affairs manager Summer Widhalm. “We feel strongly about educating consumers about potential threats so everyone can enjoy the Internet both for its educational and entertainment benefits.”

Individual luncheon tickets, priced at $50 and $75, can be purchased at 968-4121. Corporate tables are also available.

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Media Contacts:                                                                                              
Kristen Gohr, PR Specialist     Penny Parker
Cox Communications              Camp Fire USA

934-00366                              
397-5809
Kristen.Gohr@cox.com                                    

About Chris Hansen
Renowned for his breakthrough investigative reporting, Hansen has reported dramatic hidden camera investigations that exposed over 150 men who target young teenagers over the Internet. In June 2006, he traveled to China to report a year-long hidden camera investigation into the counterfeit prescription drug trade, documenting how easy it is for counterfeit medicines to wind up at pharmacies in the United States. In addition, Hansen received two Emmy Awards for his 2004 report on child sex trafficking in Cambodia for which he went undercover in a dramatic mission to rescue some of the children. His report included an exclusive interview with Secretary of Sate Colin Powell on the administration’s efforts to combat the issue.

Hansen has received numerous awards, including six Emmys for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news. He has received the Overseas Press club award, the National Press Club award and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award. Hansen has also received awards for excellence in journalism from both the Associated Press and United Press International, and he has won four Edward R. Murrow awards for his news series investigating aviation security and safety as well as his coverage of the Ford/Firestone case. He’s been honored with three Clarion awards for his coverage Indian child slave labor, aviation security and the Unabomber case and a first place medal for an undercover investigation of airport security as well as numerous Headliner awards.

About Cox
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.

About Camp Fire USA
Camp Fire USA is a socially responsible youth development agency that meets children where they are and takes them where they want to go.  Our cornerstone mission at Camp Fire USA is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.  Built on a foundation of can-do, American values, our agency develops personal resilience, intellectual curiosity and the social values children and teens need in today’s complex world.  Holistic in our philosophy and results-based in our methods, we address the needs of the whole child.  Growing everyday, Camp Fire serves nearly 20,000 area boys and girls from kindergarten through high school through innovative after-school and summer programs.  Come take a tour of our new building at 2566 St. Mary’s Avenue or visit our website at www.campfireomaha.org.

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March 12, 2008
ESPN TO PRESENT TELEVISED FILM EVENT “BLACK MAGIC”

FILMMAKER DAN KLORES TO GIVE IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THROUGH THE EYES OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND COACHES AT HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

OMAHA – ESPN Original Entertainment, in collaboration with Shoot the Moon Productions and award-winning director Dan Klores, has announced plans for ESPN to televise a two-part, four-hour film tentatively titled “Black Magic.” The film is about the injustice which defined the civil rights movement in America, as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Co-produced by basketball legend and Winston-Salem State University graduate Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell, the commercial free, two-part film will be televised Sunday and Monday, March 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. on ESPN (Cox channel 31).

"This film will present an important story and reach viewers on many levels,” said public relations manager Summer Widhalm. “We are proud to carry networks that offer rich and diverse programming of this nature.” 

““Black Magic” is an important story that we look forward to telling on all of our platforms,” said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president, content. “It’s a living history of sports and culture that invites a broader discussion about race, society and how we think about modern day athletes and sports. It’s the kind of project we embrace wholeheartedly.  Dan Klores continues to prove his mettle as a filmmaker and his rare ability to reveal what we thought we knew, but turns out we didn’t know at all.”

“This is a story of injustice, refuge and joy,” said Klores, “It’s an epic that has not been told.” Klores added that Ben Jobe, the 75-year-old retired coach at six HBCUs, and the 15th child of Tennessee sharecroppers, best summarized the film when he said, “I remember when it went from ‘Whaddya want?’ to ‘May I help you?’”

From more than 200 hours of interviews and footage, the film reveals the plight of these players and coaches as a stark but proud one, filled with obstacles at every turn. From separate leagues and facilities, to championship games and titles that never qualified for the history books, all the way to secret games played between blacks and whites in defiance of the law, players and programs at HBCUs not only thrived, but laid the groundwork for the proliferation of the modern athlete.  Klores conducted interviews with Willis Reed, Avery Johnson, Ben Wallace, John Chaney, Bob Love, Al Attles, PeeWee Kirkland, Earl Lloyd, Dick Barnett, Woody Sauldsberry, Cleo Hill, Bob Dandridge, Sonny Hill, Perry Wallace, Dave Robbins, Harold Hunter, Miriam Samuels, Charles Oakley, Donnie Walsh, Bobby Cremins, Howie Evans, the widows of coaches Clarence “Big House” Gaines and John McLendon, historians Skip Gates, Cleveland Sellers and Milton Katz, amongst others.

Klores’s directing credits include “The Boys of Second Street Park” and “Ring of Fire: the Emile Griffith Story” which both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  In addition, his recent film, “Viva Baseball” captured the 2006 BANFF global award and the Imagen Foundation’s 2006 “Best Documentary for TV or Film” award.  His feature length documentary, “Crazy Love,” to be released on June 1 by Magnolia Films, also was premiered at Sundance.  “Crazy Love,” the rollicking and disturbing story of an obsessive relationship between a married man and single woman, won the Jury Prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

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March 5, 2008
Mother Nature Throws Video Customers a Curveball

OMAHA – Each year around the time of the spring equinox, temporary solar outages are experienced by all viewers of video channels, including Cox customers. During an equinox, the sun’s path crosses the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. Because network TV signals are received via satellite, customers may notice minor, temporary service disruptions such as video tiling, freeze-framing or even total outages.

In 2008, the spring equinox will occur on March 20. Cox anticipates our customers will experience temporary service disruptions from March 2 - March 8, however, the actual date and times of a solar outage are based on the location of the satellite in space and the receiving station on Earth. These outages may last for a few seconds or up to 12 minutes. Cox urges its customers to be patient should they experience any issues and be assured they will continue to receive the crystal clear 100% digital picture from Cox as soon as the equinox is complete.

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Feb. 8, 2008
A New Approach to Valentine’s Day

OMAHA – Whether people are looking for love in the new year or simply in search of a way to shower his or her loved one with affection, there are many creative - and simple - resources available with Cox’s digital services. People don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to celebrate the ones they love.  

Three Easy Ways to Say I Love You …  

#1 Cozy Night In.  Valentine’s Day preparation should begin with the help of On DEMAND on Cox Digital Cable, channel 998. Digital Cookbook shows how to prepare a romantic dinner for two with tips and how-to videos for a variety of romantic dinners, including Veal Scaloppini with Prosciutto and Fontina. Viewers can impress the ones they love by making the chocolate cheesecake recipe – because what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate! And while browsing the On DEMAND library, viewers can go ahead and choose a movie they can cuddle up to on the 14th. The selection is vast and viewing is most comfortable – and convenient – from home.

#2 Do-it-yourself.  Turn to the ultimate “do-it-yourself” expert, Martha Stewart.  Martha Stewart On Demand shows how to arrange the perfect bouquet of roses and walks viewers through many other Valentine-themed craft projects. Nothing says I Love You like a homemade Valentine Card. And who better to help make one than Martha Stewart? While there, watch as the domestic diva shows how to make homemade truffles and other heart-themed sweets.

#3 Gifts. If do-it-yourself isn’t the right style, customers can use Cox High Speed Internet service to shop from the comfort of home. People can send an e-card to their sweetie, order a box of chocolates and even send flowers with just a few clicks of the mouse. Customers can also use Cox Rhapsody to create a customized play list of favorite love songs for his or her Valentine.

Single? Find Love from the Comforts of Your Home
People may even be able to find love this Valentine’s season with Dating On Demand, also available in Cox’s On DEMAND library. Dating on Demand is an interactive approach to bring singles together. Customers can film a free video profile to show off their charm on TV, and check out video profiles of other singles from the comfort of the couch with a click of the remote. Another option is to use Cox High Speed Internet service to browse potential love interests on match.com or eharmony.com. Or, some people might prefer a night of quality alone time. If that’s the case, Movies On Demand offers a variety of favorites, from The Bourne Ultimatum to Hairspray.

 
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2007 Press Releases

Nov. 12, 2007
High School Basketball Game of the Week Schedule
OMAHA
, Neb.
Cox Communications is gearing up for basketball season with the High School Basketball Game of the Week.  Each week will feature a girls-boys doubleheader.

The games will air on Cox Channel 2 at 5 p.m. All games will also be available free of charge via On Demand, Cox Channel 998 under Local On Demand.

The high school football broadcast schedule is as follows:

Record Date                 Airdate            Game                                                  
Friday 11/30                  12/2                  Millard South at Omaha Benson             
Friday 12/7                    12/9                  Omaha North at Omaha Central
Friday 12/14                  12/16                Gretna at Elkhorn
Friday 1/4                      1/6                    Omaha Burke at Omaha Northwest
Saturday 1/12                1/13                  Omaha Benson at Omaha North 
Friday 1/18                    1/20                  Bellevue West at Omaha Central
Thursday 1/24                1/27                  Omaha Marian at Millard South  
Friday 1/25                    1/27                  Creighton Prep at Millard South  
Saturday 2/2                  2/3                    PLV South at Papillion LaVista  
Saturday 2/9                  2/10                  Omaha South at Omaha Bryan  
Friday 2/15                    2/17                  Omaha Westside at Bellevue East
TBA                              TBA                  Girls District Finals                   
TBA                              TBA                  Boys District Finals                   

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Nov. 8, 2007
New Music Service For High Speed Internet Customers

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications has launched the Cox Rhapsody music service in the Omaha metro area.   With Cox Rhapsody, its high speed Internet customers can now access a library of millions of songs for about the price of one CD per month.

Cox Rhapsody Free

  • Price:  FREE trial service
  • Listen to 25 ad-free, high-quality streaming radio stations from RealNetworks on your computer
  • Access the Rhapsody Unlimited catalog and play up to 25 on-demand songs per month on your computer

Cox Rhapsody Radio

  • Price:  $4.99/month
  • Listen to more than 80 ad-free, high-quality streaming radio stations from RealNetworks on your computer
    • Includes ability to “skip” tracks and create personalized radio stations based on artist preference
  • Access the Rhapsody Unlimited catalog and play up to 25 on-demand songs per month on your computer

Cox Rhapsody Unlimited

  • Price:  $12.99/month
  • Includes all the features of Cox Rhapsody Radio
  • Includes unlimited on-demand access to the entire Rhapsody catalog of millions of tracks you can listen to on your computer

Cox Rhapsody To Go

  • Price:  $14.99/month
  • Includes all the features of Cox Rhapsody Unlimited

Includes the ability to transfer music onto any supported portable music player at no extra charge (as long as the monthly subscription is maintained and the player is synchronized with the Rhapsody To Go account at least once a month. 

“Our customers tell us that music is a big part of their lives and Cox Rhapsody allows us to make their favorite songs even more accessible,” stated Cox VP of Public Affairs Kristin Peck. “Cox Rhapsody provides our customers unlimited access to their music anywhere – at home, at work, or while traveling.” 

Customers can choose from a variety of packages for Cox Rhapsody:

“Parents can also rest easier by choosing Cox Rhapsody as their child’s online music platform,” stated Peck.  “Parental controls included with the service allow you to block songs with explicit lyrics.”

Customers interested in experiencing Cox Rhapsody can sign up online by visiting Omaha.cox.net and clicking on entertainment and music.

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November 6, 2007

COX CLAIMS PC MAGAZINE’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER - Cox beats every DSL provider in overall customer satisfaction

ATLANTA – Cox Communications announced today that it received its fourth PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for its Cox High Speed Internetsm service.  The award is based on an online survey that included responses from more than 800 Cox High Speed Internet customers nationwide.

“It’s an honor to have our customers recognize us with this award four times,” stated David Pugliese, vice president of product marketing for Cox.  “We are especially proud that so many of our customers say they’re likely to recommend Cox High Speed Internet to others.”

The PC Magazine survey asks readers to rate their Internet Service Provider in each of ten categories, including speed, reliability, customer service and technical support.  Participants evaluated their ISP on a 1-10 scale of poor to excellent. Some highlights include: 

·         Customers rated Cox overall as a 7.9, significantly above the cable industry average of 7.5 and DSL’s average of 7.2.

·         Customers rated Cox’s speeds at 8.1 on the ten-point scale, with the cable industry average at 7.7 and DSL at 6.9.

·         Cox customers also say they’re more likely to recommend its service, giving Cox a score of 7.9, compared to 7.5 and 7.2 for cable and DSL providers, respectively.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure we’re giving customers the speed and features they want, with enhancements like PowerBoost, integrated WebMail and the free Cox Security Suite,” stated Seth Hogan, Cox’s vice president of data product management.  “We’ll continue to listen to our customers to ensure we’re offering them the products and services they need to make their lives easier.”

Cox provides data services to more than 3.5 million residential customers and 187,000 business customers across the country.  In addition to the PC Magazine honors, Cox’s residential and commercial services have been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates in the past.  In 2006, Cox Business (http://www.coxbusiness.com/products/data/businessinternet.html) received the highest honor for the Business Data Study for Small/Midsize Businesses, and in 2005, Cox received the highest ranking for Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction.

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Sept. 26, 2007
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints General Conference to be Broadcast Live

OMAHA, Neb. – The 177th semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast live on Cox channel 4 on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7. 

As a public service, Cox will air the conference live in its entirety from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The General Conference is held in Salt Lake City. Messages of inspiration and guidance will be delivered by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum and the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the church.

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Sept. 11, 2007
SEPT. 22nd  NEBRASKA vs BALL STATE GAME AVAILABLE ON PAY-PER-VIEW

OMAHA, Neb. – The Sept. 22 college football game between Nebraska and Ball State will be telecast via pay-per-view. Big 12 Special Order Sports, Fox Sports Net’s pay-per-view division, will produce and distribute the telecast.

Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Cox Digital Cable residential customers can access the game on channel 516 for $29.95.

New customers must install video service no later than Thursday, Sept. 20 to ensure availability before game time. The game can be ordered via Cox’s digital cable boxes or by calling 933-3000.

The game was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. As such, under Conference TV rules, the game can only be televised live on pay-per-view.

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NBC Fall Preview On Demand
OMAHA, Neb. –
Several new fall shows are available via Cox’s On DEMAND platform two weeks prior to their season premiere on NBC. The shows being premiered On DEMAND include The Bionic Woman, Life, Chuck and Journeyman.

Available Sept. 10 – 23, the previews are available for free to Cox’s digital customers in the On DEMAND library. Customers access the previews by visiting On DEMAND channel 998 and selecting the FreeZone button. The content is under the header “NBC Fall Preview.”

In addition to the four premieres, customers have access to :

  • Behind the scenes segments for Bionic Woman and Life
  • 2 minute previews of the 4 new NBC Fall shows
  • 2 minute preview of Heroes – season 2
  • 1 exclusive scene – The Office season 4
  • 1 exclusive scene – 30 Rock season 2
  • NBC Fall Preview Show – 30 minutes

“Cox is pleased to bring our digital customers this exciting free preview of NBC’s new fall shows at no additional cost,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs. “Our On DEMAND platform allows us to offer customers access to programming, including exciting previews of new shows, before they air on regular television.”

Chuck and Journeyman premiere on NBC Sept. 24; Bionic Woman and Life premiere Sept. 26.

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September 4, 2007
OMAHA LIT FEST WELCOMES C-SPAN's BOOK TV BUS

WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 4, 2007) - C-SPAN's Book TV Bus, a 45-foot long mobile television production studio, will travel to the Omaha Lit Fest on its nationwide tour promoting Book TV's unique non-fiction book programming. The Book TV Bus is traveling the country, stopping at local libraries, bookstores, book festivals and community events along the way.

In partnership with Cox Communications, the Book TV Bus offers tours of its studio set, participation in an interactive demonstration about Book TV programming, the opportunity to learn how a television show is produced, and a chance to sign up for programming alerts.

COME VISIT THE BUS!
September 14 & 15, 2007

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
W. Dale Clark Public Library
215 S. 15th Street

About Book TV
Every weekend starting Saturday, 6 am to Monday, 6 am MT, Book TV airs 48 hours of non-fiction book programming on a variety of topics including history, biographies, politics, current events, and the media. Book TV features author interviews, readings, and panels at bookstores, libraries, and book festivals across the country. For more information, visit the Book TV Web site at www.booktv.org.

About C-SPAN
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America's cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90 million households, C-SPAN2 in 82 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 12 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit www.c-span.org.

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Aug. 28, 2007
Cox Business Marks Industry Milestone as First MSO to Reach Top Tier of U.S. Business Ethernet Providers
OMAHA
, Neb. –
Cox Business (http://www.coxbusiness.com/index.html ) announced today that it has made its debut in the top tier of U.S. business Ethernet providers, according to Vertical System Group’s latest marketing analysis. The company attributes its success to its long history of delivering Ethernet services to customers served by fiber and hybrid fiber coax (HFC).

Vertical Systems Group’s findings are evidence of enterprises widespread acceptance of Ethernet services. Across the Cox footprint, a variety of businesses, from healthcare and school districts to government, real estate and financial organizations, are embracing metro Ethernet to better utilize one pipe for multiple services. “Cox’s Metro Ethernet delivers more bandwidth to better meet our current network requirements while giving us ample room to meet future needs,” said Aaron Houser, vice president of American Interstate Bank in Omaha, Nebraska. “An important difference with Cox,” notes Houser, “is the personal attention provided by Cox. Not only was Cox proactive in ensuring we were prepared to switch over, but the Cox staff is always knowledgeable and accessible.”

“Our customers count on us to deliver next generation customized services for their network,” said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business. “We are proud of the role we play in meeting customers needs locally while collaborating with industry associations, such as the Metro Ethernet Forum, to continue to enhance the customer experience.”

According to Vertical Systems Group’s (http://www.verticalsystems.com/ ) Mid-2007 U.S. Retail Business Ethernet share analysis, Cox ranked #4 with an 8.9 percent based on total ports. More information on Cox’s Ethernet services is available at http://www.coxbusiness.com/products/data/opticalinternet.html.

Cox Business (www.coxbusiness.com) products and services include: a full portfolio of Ethernet and data transport services; Internet access; local and long distance voice services; video services and music choice; web hosting and E-commerce; and carrier access services.

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Aug. 24, 2007
National Geographic Channel HD Added to Cox High-Def Lineup

OMAHA, Neb.Cox Communications will add National Geographic Channel HD (NGC HD) to its high-definition lineup. NGC HD, a simulcast of the National Geographic Channel, features more than 300 hours of original HD programming each year and telecasts its entire prime-time lineup in high-definition. NGC HD will be available on Aug. 28 on channel 824.

National Geographic Channel HD programming includes the network’s signature shows, “Explorer” and the pop culture phenomenon, “Dog Whisperer” with Cesar Millan; as well as event specials such as “Inside 9/11,” “In the Womb” and the Peabody Award-winning “Galapagos.”

HD service from Cox gives customers more of the high-quality HD programming they want, from movies to sports, local channels and even premium channels. Customers can watch everything from favorite prime time shows to the hottest sports match-ups in crystal clear high definition.

In addition to National Geographic Channel HD, Cox customers can access these exciting channels – all part of HD service from Cox with no additional monthly programming charge.

·         Local affiliates of major networks such as CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and PBS

·         Popular cable channels such as ESPN HD, ESPN 2 HD, Discovery HD Theater, A&E HD and TNT HD

·         Unique HD channels like Universal HD and Mojo HD 

·         Premium channels like HBO HD and Showtime HD. Premium HD channels require a monthly subscription to that particular channel.

For more information on high-definition service from Cox, visit www.cox.com/hdtv or call Cox at 933-3000.


AUG.22,2007
COX ANNOUNCES FALL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE

OMAHA
, Neb.
Cox Communications is gearing up for the fall football season with the High School Football Game of the Week.

Games will air Sunday nights beginning Aug. 26 on Cox Channel 2. All 13 games will also be available free of charge via On Demand, Cox Channel 998.

The broadcast team will feature Mark Kraynak (play by play), Nick Handley (color commentator) and Brian Paul (sideline reporter). The high school football broadcast schedule is as follows:

Airdate                         Game                                                               Airtime
8/26                              Bellevue East at Bellevue West                           5:00 pm
9/2                                St.Albert at Lewis Central                                   5:00 pm
9/2                                Millard South at Omaha Burke                            7:30 pm
9/9                                Omaha Benson at Omaha Central                       5:00 pm
9/16                              Millard North at Millard West                               5:00 pm
9/23                              Omaha North at Omaha Northwest                      5:00 pm
9/30                              Abraham Lincoln at Thomas Jefferson                  5:00 pm
10/7                              Westside at Creighton Prep                                5:00 pm
10/14                            Papillion-LaVista South at Millard West               5:00 pm
10/21                            Omaha Bryan at Papillion LaVista                       5:00 pm
10/28                            Playoffs – 1st Round TBA                                    5:00 pm
11/4                              Playoffs – 2nd Round TBA                                    5:00 pm
11/11                            Playoffs – 3rd Round TBA                                    5:00 pm

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Aug. 20, 2007
CONSUMER SURVEY SHOWS THAT CABLE HIGH-DEFINITION PICTURE QUALITY BETTER THAN SATELLITE

Satellite's Own Customers Say Cable Has a Better HD Picture in Side-by-Side Tests

 

OMAHA -- The results of a new consumer survey show that when it comes to high-definition (HD) picture quality, cable is the clear winner – even among current satellite customers.  In side-by-side comparisons, more than 65 percent of customers ranked cable higher than DirecTV, and almost 70 percent chose the high-quality cable picture over Dish Network.

 

"This survey shows that consumers recognize and appreciate the continuous investment we make in our network to ensure that we deliver the best HD picture," said Percy Kirk, Vice President and Region Manager. "Picture quality is so important to our customers who have invested hundreds, even thousands of dollars in their new HDTV.  Superior picture quality, coupled with the fact that Cox customers can receive HD at no additional charge, confirms that Cox is truly the best choice for HD programming in the Omaha metro.”

 

Methodology and Results
Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading research consulting organization, conducted the survey; Accenture, a management and technology consulting company, oversaw the technical aspects of the test; and Loeb & Loeb, a national law firm, provided legal guidance on the survey process.  The survey has a 5-7 percent margin of error.

SOURCE Comcast Corporation

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June 17, 2007
SunRocket Inc. Ceases Operations

OMAHA – SunRocket Inc., one of the largest suppliers of Internet phone service, has ceased operations effective immediately. The closure has left more than 200,000 customers across the nation without phone service. It’s estimated that about 1,000 people have been affected locally.

Local residents who want phone service installed right away should call Cox Communications at 934-4228.

“Telephone service can be a lifeline and we don’t want to leave anyone without service or the ability to call 911,” said Cox VP of public and government affairs Kristin Peck. “We’re prepared to install customers as soon as requested, typically within 24 hours.”

Cox phone service is not only reliable, but also award winning. For the fifth consecutive year, Cox phone service has received the highest honors in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2007 Residential Regional Telephone Customer Satisfaction Study in the region.
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April 13, 2007
Tawanna Black joins Cox Communications as new Diversity Director

OMAHA – Coming off the heels of earning the No. 25 spot on the 2007 DiversityInc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, Cox Communications announces the creation of a new position to enhance the company’s diversity initiatives both internally and externally. Tawanna Black has accepted the new role as director of diversity and will begin on May 7.  

Black will serve as an advisor to Cox Communications’ senior management team. She will assist in setting the highest standards for business growth, innovation and stakeholder return by ensuring our company understands and acts upon the needs of our diverse communities. More specifically, she will assist with everything from purchasing to marketing and from recruitment to community affairs. 

“This role is not only new to the Omaha system, but also to Cox Communications as a whole,” said Percy Kirk, vice president and region manager. “We made the decision to create this position after spending quite a bit of time talking to employees, customers and community members about how we could improve our business outreach in an increasingly diverse world.”

Cox Communications recently earned the No. 25 spot on the 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. The largest competition of its kind, the list is determined solely from a comprehensive survey of diversity management that measures CEO commitment, human capital, corporate communications and supplier diversity.

“Being recognized as one of the top 50 companies in the nation for diversity is exciting, but we always believe we can do better,” said Kirk. “One of our company’s core values is diversity. Tawanna will be charged with helping us make decisions that will help us live up to this value in a way that makes our employees and our community proud.”

Black comes to Cox from her position as executive director of Destination Midtown, an economic development organization sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Black held positions at Project Extra Mile and Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands.

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April 13, 2007
Local K-12 Students Will Receive Free Day at Rosenblatt Stadium

Eighth Annual Home Run for Youth is Monday, April 16

OMAHA – More than 8,500 students will receive a free ticket to attend the Omaha Royals game versus the Albuquerque Isotopes at Rosenblatt Stadium at 11:05 a.m. on Monday, April 16.

This is the eighth consecutive season that Cox Communications has offered the Home Run for Youth field trip to K through 12 schools in its service area. Nearly 60 schools have signed up to attend the game this year.

“Some schools use our Home Run for Youth day as a reward for student achievement,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of government and public affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “Other schools use the study guides we provide and make it an educational field trip, bringing entire classrooms or in some cases, most of the student body.” 

At this year’s Home Run for Youth, students from Fontenelle Elementary School will sing the National Anthem. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and one student chosen at random from the crowd will throw out a ceremonial “first” pitch.

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April 12,2007
Husker Spring Game to air on NFL Network
 

OMAHA – Husker fans that can’t make it to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 14, will still have the opportunity to watch the Nebraska Red-White game. The Nebraska Athletic Department and NFL Network have reached an agreement to air the game on tape-delay at 8 p.m.

The Nebraska Red-White game will be the first-ever spring game shown on NFL Network. NFL Network is available to Cox Digital Cable subscribers on channel 223.

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April 5, 2007
Cox communications offers customers access to MLB Extra Innings Subscription Package

Customers can subscribe to the pay-per-view package to access out- of- market games

OMAHA – Cox Communications announced today that customers will have access to Major League Baseball’s subscription pay-per-view package, Extra Innings, with Cox’s cable service.

Via iN DEMAND Networks, the world’s leading PPV and VOD distributor, Cox negotiated an agreement with MLB to carry the Extra Innings out-of-market subscription package effective immediately.

The subscription package will deliver about 70 out-of-market baseball games per week. In addition, Cox has committed to digital carriage of The Baseball Channel when it becomes available in 2009. Cox and other cable operators will own a minority stake in the channel.

“Cox is thrilled to offer our customers who are avid baseball fans a way to see all the MLB action this season,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of government and public affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “With Extra Innings, subscribers can follow their favorite teams no matter where they play, while even watching many of the games in high-definition.”

Customers can enjoy a free preview of Extra Innings until April 8 on channels 671-680. Customers can subscribe at an early bird rate of $159.96 or four monthly installments of $39.99. Additional pricing information follows:

  • Regular Season Package: $199.96 or four installments of $49.99
  • Half Season Offer: July 9 – August 31  $129.00 or four installments of $32.25
  • Pennant Race Package: September 1 – September 30  $59.00 no installment option

League blackout rules apply. More information is available at www.cox.com/omaha.

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March 30
COX TO AIR NEBRASKA VS. TEXAS A&M BASEBALL GAME

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications will broadcast the Nebraska at Texas A&M baseball game live from College Station on March 30. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. on Cox Channel 2.

The game will be broadcast from College Station, Texas.

“We are committed to providing the best in college sporting events, such as the Nebraska-Texas A&M baseball game, to our customers, “ said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “Being able to offer Nebraska baseball is one of the ways we support the community we serve.”

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March 30
New management appointed at Cox Communications:

Richard Sbragia, Vice President of Business Operations
Richard Sbragia has been promoted to vice president of business operations for Cox Communications Omaha. In his new role, Sbragia is responsible for supporting the financial and operational goals of the Omaha operation through business planning and review of systems and processes.  He’s also responsible for setting operational goals and translating key company strategies into actionable business practices.

Sbragia joined Cox in 1998 as a financial analyst for Cox Media (formerly CableRep). He was promoted to senior financial analyst for Cox Communications in 2000, manager of business development in 2001, director of operations in 2003 and most recently served as director of financial analysis.  Prior to joining Cox, he served as a senior business analyst for Coverdell & Company. A graduate of California State University, Sbragia holds a bachelor’s degree in science and a dual degree in finance and risk management.

Barbara Keefe, Director of Marketing
Barbara Keefe is the new director of marketing for Cox Communications. Keefe has a strong background in acquisition and customer marketing to both consumer and business-to-business markets. Prior to joining Cox, Keefe was vice president of client relations for TPG Telemanagement, providing call center consulting services to Fortune 100 companies. She also served as manager of customer marketing and retention for Mutual of Omaha and vice president of financial services for Data Transmission Network. Keefe received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Andrew Burns, Cox Business Services Director of Sales
Andrew Burns has been named director of sales for the Cox Business Services division at Cox Communications. In his position, Burns is responsible for the implementation of the corporate/regional sales strategy and the achievement of sales goals. Burns brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Cox, he served as general manager of Nextel Partners for Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa. Previously, he worked for Choice One Communications as general manager of South Central Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Dorin Mandachi, Director of Network Engineering and Operations
Dorin Mandachi has been named director of network engineering and operations at Cox Communications in Omaha. Mandachi oversees teams that design, build and operate Cox’s infrastructure. He began his career with Cox Communications in 1996 and most recently filled the position of data engineer manager. Mandachi has a Master of Science in management information systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Mickie Rieschl, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Mickie Rieschl has been promoted to director of financial planning and analysis at Cox Communications. Rieschl has been with Cox for two years. Prior to joining Cox she spent eight years at First Data Resources as a director and spent eight years with Mutual of Omaha in various accounting positions. Rieschl has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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March 30, 2007
Sam Cooke: An In Depth Look at the Life of Soul’s Premiere Hit Maker
OMAHA
– While some musicians made music, Sam Cooke made history.

Cooke was the architect of soul music. He combined gospel, pop and rock ‘n’ roll to create the model a thousand singers would follow.

He was smart and savvy, becoming one of the biggest stars in pop music. And then at the height of his fame and power, he was killed in a senseless shooting.

Concert TV has documented his story. Cox Digital Cable customers can catch “Sam Cooke: Legend” through April 15 via On Demand on channel 998. The program is free of charge and can be located through the following clicks on the remote control: Freezone, Music, concert.tv, Films and Docs, Sam Cooke.

The 45-minute documentary examines the extraordinary career of soul’s first and foremost superstar. It traces both his professional and personal life from his gospel-singing roots in the 1950s through his R&B and pop music career to his untimely death in 1964. The film recounts his commitment to the struggle for civil rights underscored by his last hit, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and his transcendent and consummate popular appeal.

“Sam Cooke: Legend” features rare and never-before-seen performance clips, TV footage and family photos, plus exclusive new interviews. These include a rare interview with soul legend Aretha Franklin, TV host Dick Clark and singer Lou Rawls, who was a childhood friend of Cooke’s.

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March 22, 2007
DiversityInc Names Top 50 Companies for Diversity

OMAHA – The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list has been released. The largest competition of its kind, the list is determined solely from a comprehensive survey of diversity management that measures CEO commitment, human capital, corporate communications and supplier diversity.

Cox Communications has earned the No. 25 spot on the diversity list, up from No. 32 last year, and also ranked as the No. 8 company for African Americans.

“Cox Communications is much different from the average corporation; it is a true champion of diversity,” notes Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc, a monthly business magazine and daily web site. “A total of 317 companies competed for a spot, a 100 percent increase in corporate participation in the Top 50 competition over the last three years.”

“We are delighted that DiversityInc has recognized Cox as a top company for diversity for the second consecutive year,” said Cox Communications VP of Public and Government Affairs Kristin Peck. “At Cox, diversity is a critical part of our culture, values and operations. It is truly a business priority throughout the company, including the areas of recruitment, hiring and employee development, supplier outreach, community support, and the products and services we offer our customers.”

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is now in its seventh year. Companies on the DiversityInc Top 50 are remarkable in several ways:

  • The Top 50 hire 42 percent people of color; the U.S. workforce is 29 percent people of color
  • Although Top 50 companies employ only 5 percent of the U.S. work force, they employ 17 percent of the college-educated people of color
  • Twenty-five percent of Top 50 companies' management are people of color, compared with 12 percent people of color in management nationwide
  • One hundred percent of the Top 50 offer domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples, compared with 53 percent of Fortune 500 companies
  • Seventy-four percent of the Top 50 include gender orientation in their nondiscrimination policies, compared with only 24 percent of the Fortune 500
  • Top 50 companies spend 9.7 percent of their procurement budgets with minority- and women-owned suppliers, compared with just 2 percent nationally
  • Ninety-six percent of the Top 50 companies link executive compensation to diversity goals
  • Ninety percent of Top 50 CEOs sign off on executive compensation tied to diversity, compared with 72 percent last year

The Top 50 list was unveiled during a live video webcast on March 21. To see the webcast and the complete list of Top 50 winners, visit www.DiversityInc.com/top50.

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Cox Customers Can View All 11 Big 12 Tournament Games
OMAHA
– Big 12 basketball fans with Cox Digital Cable can enjoy all 11 Big 12 Tournament games this season.

Nebraska’s first round contest will air on Cox channel 2 at 6 p.m. Thursday. Should the Huskers win, their second-round game also will air on Cox channel 2 at 6 p.m. Friday.    

The complete Big 12 game schedule on Cox is as follows:

  • Game 1: Thursday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m., Iowa State vs. Oklahoma (ESPNU and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 2: Thursday, March 8 at 2 p.m., Texas Tech vs. Colorado (ESPNU and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 3: Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m., Nebraska vs. Oklahoma St. (Cox Channel 2)
  • Game 4: Thursday, March 8 at 8:20 p.m., Missouri vs. Baylor (ESPN2/ESPN2 HD)
  • Game 5: Friday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m., Kansas vs. ISU/OU winner (ESPNU and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 6: Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m., Kansas State vs. TTU/CU winner (ESPNU and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 7: Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m., NU/OSU winner vs. Texas A&M (Cox Channel 2)
  • Game 8: Friday, March 9 at 8:20 p.m., Texas vs. MU/BU winner (Cox Channel 2)
  • Game 9: Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m., Friday afternoon winners (ESPN2/ESPN2 HD and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 10: Saturday, March 10 at 3:20 p.m., Friday evening winners (ESPN2/ESPN2 HD and ESPN Plus)
  • Game 11: Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m., Semifinal winners (ESPN/ESPN HD)

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March 12, 2007
Hagel Announcement Available Online, On Demand

OMAHA – Today’s political announcement by Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is available online at http://omaha.cox.net. The video available online is an edited version of this morning’s press conference.

Cox Digital Video subscribers can view the press conference in its entirety, for free, On Demand beginning Wednesday. Subscribers can access On Demand programming on Cox channel 998.

The press conference is located under the Local Programming menu.

Earlier today Hagel announced he would make a decision about his political career later this year. Many believe Hagel may consider a run for president in 2008. His Senate seat expires next year.

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March 14, 2007
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference to be Broadcast Live

OMAHA – The 177th annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast live on Cox channel 2 on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. 

As a public service, Cox will air the conference live in its entirety from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The General Conference, held in Salt Lake City, is a diverse program that deals with traditional values and family unity.  The famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will provide Sunday’s music.

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Feb. 21, 2007
26-Hour Video Gaming Competition Kicks Off Friday Night
Omaha, Neb.
– Gamers of all ages will go thumb to thumb during a 26-hour video gaming competition this weekend in Omaha.

Netwar begins at 7 p.m. Friday at The Digz Sports Arena, near 140th and L streets. The competition wraps up at 9 p.m. Saturday and is hosted by Crucial Gaming Servers of Omaha.

Cox Communications will provide Internet service at Netwar.

“Gamers bring their computers to play multiplayer computer games for several hours straight while having a great time and meeting other area gamers,” said Travis Kreikemeier, CEO of Crucial Gaming Servers and the event’s organizer. “Netwar caters to the competitive gamer and the hobbyist gamer.”

Quake 3, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source, Battlefield 2142 and Guitar Hero II are among the games that will be played at Netwar.

Netwar even encourages participants to bring sleeping bags and pillows if they opt to sleep during the overnight hours.

A number of cash prizes will be awarded at this weekend’s competition, along with a variety of gaming accessories.

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Feb. 19, 2007
A DECADE OF BUNDLING DELIVERS COX COMMUNICATIONS CONSIDERABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

Patrick Esser’s First Year as President Marked by Significant Growth in Key Areas

ATLANTA – Cox Communications announced that its accomplishments in 2006, the first year under President Pat Esser’s leadership, further demonstrated that the company’s decade-long focus on bundling multiple services continues to be a key competitive asset.

“There’s no question about it, the bundle is our best offense and defense,” Esser said. He added that later this year Cox will celebrate the 10th anniversary of delivering its customers a three-product bundle of cable, telephone and high-speed Internet services, just as it prepares to begin offering a fourth major service, wireless.

“As we celebrate a decade of the bundle, we recognize the commitment of Cox employees who have transformed Cox from a single-service cable TV company into a world-class broadband telecommunications provider and a leader in customer service.”

Esser noted that more than 60 percent of Cox’s video customers subscribe to more than one of the company’s three major services. Cox ended the year with 3.4 million bundled customers, a nearly 15 percent increase over 2005. Among the benefits of bundling, customer churn is at an all-time low across all product lines.

Additionally, sell-in -- the percentage of new cable customers who subscribe to Cox Digital Telephone and/or Cox High Speed Internet -- is also at a record high, about 60 percent.

At the start of Esser’s first year as president, he established several strategic priorities to guide the company’s continued success in a rapidly changing marketplace; chief among them: build market share, create efficiencies, and be the trusted provider in Cox markets. The company’s 2006 accomplishments indicate considerable success in each area, including:

  • Cox’s goal of driving market share includes a strategy aimed at ensuring “a line in every home,” reflecting renewed focus on signing up non-video subscribers who still want to purchase Cox’s Internet and/or telephone services. At the end of the year, the company had a record 448,666 non-video customers, representing a net gain of 20 percent over 2005.
  • Customer self-installations of video and high-speed Internet services helped increase operating efficiencies. For the third year in a row, more than half of Cox’s new Internet customers self-installed their service.
  • Underscoring its mission to be the trusted provider in its markets, the company was honored with five J.D. Power and Associates awards in 2006 alone (three for residential telephone and one each for video and commercial services). Cox remains the only provider to receive J.D. Power honors in video, residential telephone and high-speed Internet.

“It was a terrific fourth quarter and full year distinguished by customer growth and increased satisfaction; tremendous commercial sales; strong growth in digital cable, digital video recorders and On DEMAND; and our best quarter and year ever for high definition TV service,” Esser said.

Cox ended 2006 with 5.4 million basic video customers, representing a net gain of more than 30,000 customers over 2005; 5.9 million total residential customer relationships, an increase of nearly 2 percent; 3.3 million high-speed Internet customers, an increase of more than 16 percent; and over 2 million telephone customers, representing growth of over 21 percent. (Growth rates are adjusted for the sale of cable systems in 2006.)

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February 6, 2007
Life Lives Here: Black History Month On Demand with Cox

Omaha, NE – HBO is launching a new, year-round branding initiative, titled LIFE LIVES HERE, that will call attention to programs with particular appeal to urban audiences.  The centerpiece of the Black History Month campaign is HBO Films’ LIFE SUPPORT, starring actress/singer Queen Latifah, in a story about the African-American community’s HIV crisis. 

LIFE SUPPORT will premiere on HBO On Demand, locally available only through Cox channel 998 (February 26 through March 5).  More than a dozen encores of HBO critically acclaimed and award-winning films as well as theatricals and new shorts will also be offered. The select programs include HBO Films’ “Lackawanna Blues,” “Something the Lord Made,” “Sometimes in April” and “Yesterday,” and the theatricals “The Color Purple,”  “Cry Freedom,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever,” “Something New” and the short “The Pretty Boy Project.”  Additional short-form content will be presented including “About Life Lives Here” and the short films and behind-the-scenes interviews of directors who competed for the 2006 HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival.

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Dec. 29, 2006
COX TO AIR NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT MIDNIGHT

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications will broadcast the Holiday Lights Festival fireworks display on New Year’s Eve at midnight on Cox channel 2.

The celebration, now in its eighth year, begins at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve near 10th and Harney streets in downtown Omaha. The event has become the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the region.

Cox Communications is a presenting sponsor of the 2006 Holiday Lights Festival.

If changes to the launch of the fireworks occur due to inclement weather, the media will be notified by noon on Sunday.

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Dec. 12, 2006
Creighton Ranks Fifth in the Nation in PC Magazine’s “Top Wired Colleges”

OMAHA, Neb.-Creighton University ranks fifth in PC’s Magazine’s Top Wired Colleges, an annual analysis of colleges throughout the nation. The recognition honors colleges with the most comprehensive -in terms of size, scope and quality - computing and technology offerings. 

Creighton is the only college in Nebraska and the only Jesuit, Catholic school in the nation being recognized.
“Creighton’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning and living environment that benefits students.  This national recognition underscores that commitment and reaffirms the importance of cutting-edge technology to the total college experience…helping make graduates more marketable,” said Creighton President, the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J.

Creighton embraces technology to support academics, enhance student’s education and provide an innovative learning environment. 

  • New facilities, including residence halls and student activity centers, feature state-of-the art technology approaches.  For instance Opus Hall, a recently opened junior/senior townhouse complex, is built and engineered with students in mind and is technologically rich with voice-over IP telephones, wireless Internet, cable television in each room, and automated digital laundry facilities.
  • Lectures are delivered through pod casts, schools offer online testing, digital X-rays are available for health care professionals to review on computers and the world’s first online pharmacy degree is offered.
  • The University was the first school to notify students of acceptance by text message.
  • Creighton’s Online Ministries provides one of the most extensive faith-based websites in the world – with an average of 1.4 million visitors each month from 125 countries.  It can be found at: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html
  • An eFellows program, in its 12th year, offers an academic year-long and summer technology sabbatical program for faculty.
  • The school boasts more than 50 majors and courses in IT leadership and database design.
  • An annual Gamefest, which is an all-night affair of console and PC game tournaments over the school’s network.  Creighton was one of the first universities to host this type of student gaming event.
  • A new security campaign and used innovative approaches to rewiring existing buildings.

The list will be available in January’s issue PC Magazine on newsstands Dec.26. Background data on the survey conducted with top administrators from The Princeton Review’s college guide will be available on their website at www.pcmag.com on Dec. 15.

Creighton University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic institution located in Omaha, Neb., has embarked on the most ambitious fundraising drive in the school’s history with a goal of raising $350 million. The Willing to Lead campaign reflects Creighton’s commitment to prepare and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. The university enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,900 professional school and graduate students. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition for 20 years. For more information visit our website at: www.creighton.edu.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Deborah Daley (402) 280-1786
DeborahDaley@creighton.edu

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December 6, 2006
Cox Communications launches Zone Channels (Interactive Television) in Omaha
Free Enhancement to Cox Digital Cable Puts Information and Entertainment at Customers’ Fingertips

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications has launched an interactive television application called Zone Channels. Think of it as TV for the chronic clicker. Zone Channels allow customers to have access to six channels of programming all at the same time. To hear the audio of a specific channel, the customer simply toggles between the screens using their remote control.

“Zone Channels further enhance the value of Cox Digital Cable,” said Percy Kirk, vice president and general manager. “Customers view and interact with the information by simply going to specific channels and using their remote.”

Cox is offering three Zone Channels at no cost to digital cable customers with expanded basic. The Zone Channels available include:

  • SportsZone on channel 990: ESPN, Fox Sports, ESPN 2, Versus, Golf and Fox Soccer Channel

  • KidsZone on channel 991: Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney, Discovery Kids, Noggin, PBS Kids Sprout

  • NewsZone on channel 992: CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel, CNBC, Headline News, MSNBC

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Nov. 29, 2006
COX ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL, WRESTLING COVERAGE
OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications is gearing up for the high school basketball and wrestling seasons.

Games will be rebroadcast Sunday nights at 6 beginning Dec. 3 on Cox channel 2. All 12 games also will be archived and available On Demand, Cox Channel 998.

On Jan. 15, Cox will air the wrestling Metro Tourney Finals at 6 p.m., also on Cox channel 2.

The broadcast team will feature Nick Handley (play-by-play, color, sideline reporter), Jimmy Motz (color commentator, sideline reporter), Mark Kraynak (play-by-play, color, sideline reporter) and Damon Benning (color commentator, sideline reporter).

Handley has served as a sideline reporter and color analyst for Cox’s high school sports productions the past two seasons. He is the play-by-play announcer for the Omaha Beef and has various on-air duties for 1620 AM The Zone. Handley also serves as PA announcer for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and the Creighton women’s basketball team.

Motz is a former Creighton basketball standout (2001-2006) and a former All-Nebraska basketball player at Lincoln Northeast High School.

Kraynak, local origination supervisor for Cox Communications, served as announcer for Cox’s high school football coverage the past two seasons. For the past five years Kraynak has announced a variety of Omaha-area events, both for TV and radio.

Benning is a former Nebraska football player (1991-1996) and is beginning his second year as part of Cox’s high school sports announcer team. Benning has appeared on various sports-related broadcasts in both TV and radio.

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November 17, 2006
COX COMMUNICATIONS TO BROADCAST HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL KICK-OFF
Omaha, Neb.
– Cox Communications will produce a live broadcast of the Holiday Lights Festival kick-off ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Cox channel 2 on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.

The event will be broadcast live from the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha.

The pre-lighting entertainment will include live performances by Heidi Joy, the Jazzwholes and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society’s Cantori Choir.

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, with a group of children from metro Omaha schools, will lead the crowd in a countdown that will illuminate the lights at 6:15 p.m. More than one million lights will illuminate downtown Omaha each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Jan. 7.

Cox Communications is a presenting sponsor of the 2006 Holiday Lights Festival.

Visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org for additional event information.

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Nov. 16, 2006
Cox Communications Expands its Local Lineup with ESPN2 HD, ESPN U, and A&E HD
Omaha, Neb.
– Cox Communications’ high definition customers will have even more access to their favorite programming in HD with the launch of ESPN2 HD on Cox channel 809 and A&E HD on Cox channel 807 on Nov. 30.

Also beginning Nov. 30, Cox will offer ESPN U to its digital cable subscribers.

High-definition programming from Cox is available at no additional cost to customers. Customers must have an HDTV and an HD receiver, available for lease from Cox for $9.95, to access cable HD programming.

Cox offers 13 HD channels to its Omaha metro area customers, including KMTV, WOWT, KPTM, NETV and HBO, to name a few.

“Cox is excited to add even more high definition content to our lineup,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha.

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Nov. 16, 2006
Cox Communications to Broadcast Iowa Football Championship

Omaha, Neb. - Cox Communications will broadcast Iowa’s Class 1A state championship high school football game this Friday. The match-up between St. Albert and Montezuma will air Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Cox Channel 802. The game, produced by the Iowa High School Sports Network, will be broadcast from the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

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Nov. 10, 2006
Cox to Broadcast Third Round of High School Football Playoffs

Omaha, Neb. – Cox Communications will replay the third round of NSAA Class A football playoffs at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 on Cox Channel 2. The Millard North at Westside game also will be available On Demand, Cox Channel 998.

The broadcast team features Mark Kraynak (play by play), Nick Handley (color commentary) and Brian Paul (sideline reporter).

Kraynak is local origination supervisor with Cox Communications.

Handley is former host of Friday Night Lights on The Zone (1620 AM). He’s also the radio voice for the Omaha Beef and serves as public address announcer for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Creighton women’s basketball.

Paul is a former photojournalist with KPTM, Omaha’s Fox affiliate. He has covered Creighton basketball and Nebraska football for the past three years.

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Monday, Oct. 30, 2006
Cox Classic Presented by Chevrolet Charitable Donations Increase Again for Local Nonprofits
Omaha, Nebraska --
The Cox Classic will donate a total of $134,000 to 12 area charities at the Boy Scouts of America – Mid-America Council, located at 12401 West Maple Road, on Wednesday, November 1, 2006.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 AM.

“The Cox Classic brings great golf, and huge crowds to Omaha and helps area businesses,” said Jamie Alt, Tournament Director. “It is always a pleasure to give back to the community by thanking the volunteers from the various charities we support. Each of these charities are able to continue to serve the Omaha community with the help of our donations.”

“The funds provided by the Cox Classic are of great importance, but we actually get much more from the tournament,“ said Lloyd E. Roitstein president of the Boy Scouts of America – Mid-America Council.  “Scouts get to actually volunteer during the event, so they also benefit from the experience of volunteering for a philanthropic cause as well.”

“It’s important to us at Cox Communications to set an example of good corporate citizenship,” said Percy Kirk, Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. “In addition to bringing national exposure to the city and having a multi-million dollar effect on the local economy, the tournament generated more than $1.4 Million to date for local charities.”

“On behalf of the local area Chevy Dealers, we are excited to have been involved with the tournament this year,” said Gregg Young, President of Gregg Young Chevrolet. “This tournament has such a big economic impact for Omaha and the local charities.” 

Checks will be presented to the Boy Scouts of America – Mid-America Council, Camp CoHoLo, Girl Scouts – Great Plains Council, Hogan's Junior Golf Heroes, Nebraska Children's Home, Nebraska Organ & Tissue Donor Coalition, Omaha Hearing School, Omaha Jaycees, Pacific Pals, Ronald McDonald House, Tangier Shriners, and Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.).

Since its inception in 1996, the Cox Classic has donated more than $1.4 million to local charitable organizations. It is our mission as well as the PGA TOUR to raise significant funds for local charities.

The 2007 Cox Classic is the only PGA or Nationwide TOUR event in the region and is scheduled for July 22 - July 29 at Champions Run
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Oct. 26, 2006
Cox to Broadcast Jason Awards Sunday at 2 P.M.

Omaha, Neb. – Cox Communications will replay the 2006 Jason Awards on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. on Cox Channel 2.

This year the Jason Awards, annually hosted by Children’s Square U.S.A. of Council Bluffs, honored the efforts of three couples for their contributions to children, community and country:  Harold and Beverly Maurer of Omaha; Ted Kooser and Kathleen Rutledge of Garland, Neb.; and Robert and Marylin Looft of Council Bluffs.

The event was hosted at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs on Oct. 24.

Children’s Square U.S.A. is a non-profit, non-denominational organization founded in 1882. Programs and services are also offered in Sioux City and Omaha. Today, Children’s Square U.S.A. provides an extensive range of care, education and treatment services for more than 425 children and families a day. Visit www.childrenssquare.org for more information on Children’s Square U.S.A.
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October 23, 2006
COX TO BROADCAST FIRST ROUND HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF GAME

Omaha, Neb. – Cox Communications will replay select match-ups of the first three rounds of the NSAA Class A football playoffs beginning this weekend.

The Oct. 27 Millard North at Bellevue West football game will air at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 on Cox Channel 2. The game also will be archived and available On Demand, Cox Channel 998.

Second and third round playoff games will air at 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, respectively, also on Cox Channel 2. These games also will be available On Demand following broadcast.

The broadcast team features Mark Kraynak (play by play), Nick Handley (color commentary) and Brian Paul (sideline reporter).

Kraynak is local origination supervisor with Cox Communications.

Handley is former host of Friday Night Lights on The Zone (1620 AM). He’s also the radio voice for the Omaha Beef and serves as public address announcer for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Creighton women’s basketball.

Paul is a former photojournalist with KPTM, Omaha’s Fox affiliate. He has covered Creighton basketball and Nebraska football for the past three years.
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Oct. 17, 2006
COX COMMUNICATIONS REFUTES HEARST ARGYLE CLAIMS ABOUT HIGH-DEF PROGRAMMING

Cox Communications does NOT charge for high-definition programming

OMAHA, Neb. – KETV continues to mislead television consumers in the Omaha market with inaccurate information about high-definition programming. Hearst Argyle, the parent company of KETV, is withholding its high definition signal from Cox Communications customers in exchange for contract terms that could cost Cox customers millions of dollars.

Cox Communications does not charge our customers for high definition programming. Any residents of the Omaha market who have televisions with built-in HD tuners or an HD antenna don’t have to do anything to receive KETV in HD.

HDTV owners without built-in tuners will need to lease a receiver or CableCARD to transmit HD signals, including local broadcast stations, ESPN HD, Discover HD Theater, etc., into their homes. A Cox HD receiver also provides customers access to the interactive programming guide, On DEMAND and pay-per-view functionality.

In the Omaha market, Cox charges $9.95 per month for the HD receiver and $1.99 per month for a CableCARD. Providing HD receivers and CableCARDs extends the reach of KETV’s signal to more viewers, ultimately allowing the station to generate more advertising revenue, and improving the station’s HD signal quality.

Hearst Argyle wants Cox customers to pay millions of dollars for its HD signal, even though the signal is available for free to other television viewers in the Omaha area. 

“We’re trying to keep the cost of cable television reasonable,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “If we had to pay for the high definition signal of every local broadcaster in Omaha at the rate demanded by Hearst Argyle, our customers’ bills would increase by as much as $25 per month. Why should our customers have to pay when the signal is available for free over the air?”

Peck added: “Cox is willing to negotiate an agreement that provides fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer. We hope to come to a resolution with Hearst Argyle quickly, so they will restore the HD signal to our customers.”

For more information, view Cox’s FAQ on the HD issue: http://www.cox.com/omaha/Digitalcable/ketvhd.asp
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Oct. 10, 2006
OCT. 14 Nebraska - Kansas State Game Available On PAY-PER-VIEW

OMAHA, Neb. – Saturday’s college football game between Nebraska and Kansas State will be telecast via pay-per-view. Big 12 Special Order Sports, Fox Sports Net’s pay-per-view division, will produce and distribute the telecast.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. Cox Digital Cable residential customers can access the game on channel 516 for $29.95.

New customers must install video service no later than Thursday, Oct. 12 to ensure availability before game time. The game can be ordered via Cox’s digital cable boxes or by calling 933-3000.

The game was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. As such, under Conference TV rules, the game can only be televised live on pay-per-view.

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September 20, 2006
Cox Communications celebrates 25 years with customer appreciation day at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications celebrates 25 years of service in the Omaha market this month. As part of the celebration, Cox customers are invited to take part in a customer appreciation event at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch.

Cox customers who bring their bill statement to Vala’s opening day festivities on Saturday, Sept. 23, will receive a $2 discount on admission tickets.

Additionally, Cox has arranged for Dexter from Cartoon Networks’ Dexter’s Laboratory to be on hand to greet visitors from 2 – 5 p.m.

“Cox Communications has grown from a small cable company into a multi-service broadband communications company,” said Cox spokesperson Kelly Sare. “We’re proud of our company and want to thank our customers for their continued support.”

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 12102 S. 180th St. in Gretna. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. 10 p.m. For more information on Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, visit www.valaspumpkinpatch.com.

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September 19, 2006
Cox Communications to air live broadcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints General Conference

Omaha, NE – The General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be broadcast live on Cox Communications channel 20 on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1.

The General Conference is held in Salt Lake City. With more than 10 million members of the LDS Church in over 160 nations and territories around the world, it is difficult for many members to participate in the proceedings and conferences. As a public service, Cox will be airing the conference live in its entirety from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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Sept. 18, 2006
Nelson-Ricketts Debate Available On Demand through November 7th

OMAHA, Neb. – The Sept. 10 debate between Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) and challenger Pete Ricketts (R) is now available to Cox digital cable subscribers On Demand, Cox Channel 998.

The 60-minute debate was a co-production of KETV, Omaha’s ABC affiliate, and the Omaha Press Club.

The debate can be found On Demand under the Election 2006 subhead.

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Sept. 19, 2006
All Cox High Speed Internet customers Now have dramatically faster speeds!

Customers can immediately benefit from download speeds up to 12 Mb

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications today announced increased speeds for all of its high-speed Internet customers in the Omaha metro area. The speed increases were effective Sept. 13.

“Cox is continually increasing the value of our award-winning high-speed Internet service,” said Kristin Peck, Cox Communications VP of public and government affairs.  “Speed is one of the most important elements of an Internet service. Other important features include online security, reliability, customer care and the value of the bundle.”

With download speeds up to 12Mb, Cox offers the fastest Internet download available in Omaha. Cox High Speed Internet customers can now enjoy the following speeds: 

Package Previous speed New speed % increase in
download speed
How long will it take to
download a CD?
Value 256k x 256k 1.5mbps x 256kpbs 486% Less than an hour
Preferred 4mbps x 512k 7mbps x 512kbps 75% Less than 12 minutes
Premier 9mbps x 1mbps 12mbps x 1mbps 33% Less than 7 minutes

All three Internet packages include access to up to seven WebMail accounts, personal WebSpace, Spam Blocker and a free security suite that includes parental controls, anti-spyware, anti-virus, anti-phishing, firewall and pop-up blocker.  Visit www.safeisbeautiful.com for more information about the free security software available to all Cox High Speed Internet customers.

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Sept. 15, 2006
SEPT. 23 NEBRASKA – TROY UNIVERSITY GAME AVAILABLE ON PAY-PER-VIEW

OMAHA, Neb. – Next Saturday’s college football game between Nebraska and Troy University will be telecast via pay-per-view. Big 12 Special Order Sports, Fox Sports Net’s pay-per-view division, will produce and distribute the telecast.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Cox Digital Cable residential customers can access the game on channel 516 for $29.95.

New customers must install video service no later than Thursday, Sept. 21 to ensure availability before game time. The game can be ordered via Cox’s digital cable boxes or by calling 933-3000.

The game was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. As such, under Conference TV rules, the game can only be televised live on pay-per-view.

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Sept. 14, 2006
COX TO AIR IOWA VS. ILLINOIS GAME ON SEPT. 23 

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications will broadcast the Iowa at Illinois Big Ten football game on Sept. 23. The game begins at 11 a.m. on Cox Channel 2.

The game will be broadcast from Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

“We are committed to providing the best in college sporting events, such as next weekend’s Iowa-Illinois game, to our customers,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “Being able to offer regional games is one of the ways we support the community we serve.”

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Sept. 13, 2006
WOMEN INVITED TO ‘FIGHT LIKE A GIRL’ ON SEPT. 23 AT GOLD’S GYM

Cox Communications will sponsor free self-defense course with the Oxygen Network

OMAHA, Neb. – For the second consecutive year, Cox Communications, in partnership with Gold’s Gym of Omaha and the Oxygen Network, will sponsor a one-hour, free self-defense training class to women of all ages on Sept. 23.

The class will be taught by Matt Jarvis, an Omaha Police officer, and Pam Erhart, an Omaha crime prevention specialist.

The free training class, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held at Gold’s Gym, 5103 S. 108th St.

The first 50 women who register will receive a free “Fight Like a Girl” T-shirt. Interested participants can register at either Gold’s Gym location in Omaha – 108th and Q Streets or 108th Street and West Maple Road – or by calling 339-4653. Space is limited.

Women who attend the class also will receive a free, one-week membership to any Omaha-area Gold’s Gym.

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September 12, 2006
The Golf Channel and Cox Communications to host Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt

Omaha, NE - Cox Communications and The Golf Channel will host the award-winning Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt event on Saturday, September 16.
The free event will be held at Eagle Hills Golf Course located at 501 Eagle Hills Dr. in Papillion beginning at 1 p.m. The series gives boys and girls ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to compete in a fun, free event designed to test basic golf skills. The program includes friendly competitions in driving, chipping and putting. Participants must pre-register online at www.thegolfchannel.com/kids.

Eighteen prizes will be awarded in each age group including first, second and third place for best overall performance. The top three finishers in each age group will be invited to one of 20 regional championships held throughout the country. From these events, regional winners in each age group will advance to the National Championships in October 2006.

Drive, Chip & Putt began in 1999 as a community outreach program to help grow the game of golf. Omaha is one of 100 communities in the United States and Canada scheduled to host an event this year. The nation’s largest junior golf program teed off in Orlando

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COX COMMUNICATIONS TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OMAHA ROYALS - Customers Can Purchase Four Tickets for $10 to Sept. 4 Game 

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications video, phone and high-speed Internet customers are invited to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with the Omaha Royals on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

To purchase four game tickets and an Omaha Royals yearbook for $10, Cox customers must call 738-5100 and mention this special offer. The offer is available to Cox customers through Sept. 3. Attendees can register for a chance to win an HDTV from Cox Communications. Visit www.cox.com/omaha/HDTVsweepstakes_rules.asp for official contest rules.

The Omaha Royals will play the Iowa Cubs at 1:35 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Labor Day game is part of Cox’s month long celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary serving the Omaha area.

Other scheduled events celebrating Cox’s 25th anniversary include:

  • On Sept. 23, Cox customers can present their bills at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna for a $2 discount on admission. From 2-5 p.m., children can meet Dexter from The Cartoon Network.
  • Join Digital Max, who will serve as grand marshal, at the River City Roundup Parade on Sept. 30. The parade begins at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Omaha. The parade will celebrate the shared 25th anniversaries of Cox and the River City Roundup.
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August 21, 2006

Cox Communications Receives Highest Honor in the West in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Residential Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction StudySM 

Cox is the only bundled service provider to receive the highest honor
for video, telephone and high-speed Internet services

ATLANTA –Cox Communications, the fourth largest cable television provider in the country, announced today that it received highest honors in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Residential Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction StudySM in the West Region.

This marks the fifth J.D Power and Associates Award presented to Cox this year alone. Cox also received the Highest Honor in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Residential All-Distance Telephone Customer Satisfaction StudySM in the Northeast, Southwest and West Regions. Cox also received the highest honor in J.D. Power and Associates' 2006 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services StudySM – Data, for highest customer satisfaction among small/mid-size business data service providers in the nation. Cox is the only bundled service provider to receive J.D. Power and Associates’ highest honor for all three of its residential telephone, video and high-speed Internet services.

 “Cox is thrilled to be recognized once again for high customer satisfaction with our services,” said David Pugliese, Cox’s vice president of product marketing and management. “The study findings simply demonstrate our ongoing commitment to being the best choice for entertainment and communications services in our markets.”

The study shows that customer service is the most important factor for overall satisfaction, while the ability to resolve problems with one contact has the highest overall value. In the West region, Cox ranked significantly higher than others in both of these areas – overall, scoring 54 points higher than the West region’s average. Specifically, the study shows that Cox customers reported high scores in convenience of having multiple telecommunications services on one bill; technical innovation; timely resolution of service needs; performance and reliability; ease of contacting customer service and knowledge of customer service representatives; as well as beliefs that Cox is honest, highly reputable and highly committed to its communities.   

“Customers appreciate that we’re increasing the value of digital cable with additional services and features such as On DEMAND, High Definition service and Digital Video Recorders,” said Pugliese. “New technology can be confusing, so we’ve worked hard to make it easy and convenient for our customers to take advantage of these additional services.”   

The study also reports that the cable industry’s average cost is lower than that of satellite providers. Cable customers report spending $58 monthly – down $1 from 2005 – while satellite subscribers report spending $61 per month for service – up $3 from a year ago.  

Cox’s western markets include Greater Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., Santa Barbara, San Diego and Orange County, Calif., Las Vegas and Omaha, Neb. The study, based on responses from a total of 15,819 consumers and measuring nine providers in the West, measured opinions of consumers who subscribed to a satellite or cable provider. 

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Aug. 21, 2006
COX ANNOUNCES FALL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications is gearing up for the fall high school football season with the Performance Auto Group High School Football Game of the Week.
Games will air Sunday nights beginning Aug. 27 on Cox Channel 2. All 14 games also will be archived and available On Demand, Cox Channel 998.
The broadcast team will feature Mark Kraynak, Nick Handley (color commentary) and Brian Paul (sideline reporter).

Kraynak is a producer/director with Cox TV. 

Handley is former host of Friday Night Lights on The Zone (1620 AM). He’s also the radio voice for the Omaha Beef and serves as public address announcer for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Creighton women’s basketball.

Paul is a former photojournalist with KPTM, Omaha’s Fox affiliate. He has covered Creighton basketball and Nebraska football for the past three years.

The high school football broadcast schedule is as follows:

Airdate             Time                Event
Aug. 27             5 p.m.               Millard South vs. Millard North
Aug. 27             7:30 p.m.          Bryan vs. South
Sept. 3              6 p.m.               Lewis Central vs. St. Albert
Sept. 10            6 p.m.               Elkhorn vs. Gretna
Sept. 17            6 p.m.               Papillion vs. Papillion South
Sept. 24            6 p.m.               Northwest vs. North
Oct. 1               6 p.m.               Abraham Lincoln vs. Thomas Jefferson
Oct. 8               5 p.m.               Bellevue West vs. Millard West
Oct. 8               7:30 p.m.           Creighton Prep vs. Westside
Oct.15              6 p.m.               Central vs. Bellevue West
Oct. 22             6 p.m.               North vs. Burke
Oct. 29             6 p.m.               Round 1 playoffs
Nov. 5              6 p.m.               Round 2 playoffs
Nov. 12             6 p.m.               Round 3 playoffs

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Aug. 16, 2006
COX HELPS PARENTS KEEP TRACK OF CHILDREN’S ONLINE ACTIVITIES

Parents can now receive daily reports of their children’s Web surfing

OMAHA, Neb. – Cox Communications now offers a new parental control tool making it easy to monitor children’s online activity with daily Web surfing reports. These Web history logs show domains or Web sites children have visited or attempted to access while at home. The program also flags Web sites parents have deemed inappropriate by the customizable filter settings.

“Children are very technologically savvy. That can make it difficult for parents to retrace where they’ve been online,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “But the new Web history feature is one more way parents can stay on top of the Web sites accessed by their children.”

The Web history reports can be created for multiple children and sent via a daily email to one or both parents’ cox.net email accounts. The Web history report lists the pages each child has tried to access and which sites were allowed and/or blocked based on the filtering levels. Cox has offered customizable filtering levels for all children in the household since 2004.

In addition to the daily email, parents will be able to use the security suite software to access Web history information in a number of formats. For example, Web history can be viewed for all users or individual users, for all recorded sessions or specific browser sessions.

The Web history report function is one of many new upgrades to Cox’s Security Suite. A new installation wizard makes it even easier to download the security software – simple point-and-click screens lead customers through five steps that perform a system check, download and install the software. And now customers can download individual software modules, choosing from anti-virus, anti-spyware, privacy and parental control and firewall software. The security software is free for all Cox High Speed Internet customers and available at www.safeisbeautiful.com.  

Since 2004, customers have been able to use the Cox parental control software to set the amount of time that their children spend online. Time limits can be set on a per-day basis, such as two hours maximum spent online per day, or for specific times during the day, such as between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This feature can be used to ensure that parents are home to supervise their children’s Internet activity.

Cox’s commitment to safety is also demonstrated though a wealth of information available at www.cox.com/takecharge. Via the Take Charge! Web site and its partnership with John Walsh, children’s advocate and host of “America’s Most Wanted,” Cox is educating consumers on how they can filter the television and Internet content entering their home by using tools and controls that are readily available.    

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June 13, 2006
June is Internet Safety Month

Omaha, NE - The proliferation of new technology and teenagers’ eagerness to incorporate it into their daily lives is worrisome for some parents. Especially when the parents themselves are not comfortable with new technology. Fortunately, many of the same parenting guidelines used to keep children safe on the road and with other people applies to keeping kids safe online.

Establish clear house rules and stick to them.
Curfews aren’t just for telephone usage and nights out with friends. A curfew is a great way to monitor computer usage. Keep computers in common areas of the house, such as the living room, kitchen or office, rather than a child’s bedroom where he or she can surf late into the night unsupervised. Free parental control software offered by Cox Communications gives parents the ability to limit the amount of time a child is online per day as well as the actual hours of the day. 

Talk to your kids about what they’re doing and with whom.
Being social used to mean leaving the house to go meet up with friends at a party. Today, much of a teenager’s social life can be conducted while inside the house via chat rooms, instant messenger and other online gathering spots. But the same rules apply. Keep an open dialogue with your teenager about who they are talking to and where they are going online. 

Child-proof the computer.   
Even the most vigilant parents can’t supervise their children 24/7; that’s why parents take measures to child-proof obvious hazards around the house. Like a safety gate at the top of a steep staircase, parental control software can keep your children from entering potential danger zones online, even when you’re not around. For example, Cox offers age-based Internet filtering options that can be customized for each child in the household - elementary school through high school. Parents can choose to block access to entire website categories, such as chat rooms, blogs or drug-related websites, or further customize the filter for each child by allowing or blocking specific websites.

Starting a conversation with a teenager or downloading parental control software may seem awkward at first. Most parental control software on the market has been designed specifically with parents in mind. The “point-and-click” menus lead users through the process without confusing techno-babble. As for the conversation with the teenager, the best advice is “practice makes perfect.”   

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June 6, 2006
Cox Communications to Televise President Bush’s Speech

Omaha, NE – Omaha-area Cox Cable subscribers will have multiple opportunities to watch President Bush’s speech on immigration reform. Bush’s Omaha speech will be available on Cox Channel 2 at 5 and 6 p.m. on June 7.

Bush’s speech will also be available to Cox Digital Cable customers by Monday, June 12, via On Demand. To access the On Demand programming, customers must tune to channel 998 and use their remote control to tune to local programming options.  

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June 5, 2006
C-SPAN School Bus To Visit Omaha June 15

Omaha, Neb. – Cox Communications will bring the C-SPAN School Bus to downtown Omaha from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15.

The bus will be parked along 15th Street, between Farnam and Douglas streets, in front of the W. Dale Clark branch of the Omaha Public Library.

The public is invited to tour the school bus, a mobile multimedia demonstration center and TV production unit for C-SPAN. The bus offers a state-of-the-art studio set and interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN programming.

During the bus’ Omaha visit, educators will be invited to register for C-SPAN Classroom, a free service for civics and government teachers that brings textbooks principals and concepts to life. Upon registration, teachers have access to an online library of video clips, discussion questions, worksheets and related links.

The bus will be joined by a voter registration table sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Representatives of the Omaha Public Library also will be on hand registering the public for library cards.

Before arriving in Omaha, the bus will have covered the June 10 Minnesota Democratic Convention in Rochester. It will travel to Des Moines for the June 17 Iowa GOP and Democratic Conventions.

The C-SPAN School Bus, which was launched Nov. 1, 1993, is 45 feet long, 9 feet wide and 13 feet tall. The bus weighs 22 tons, has visited all U.S. presidential libraries and all 50 states and state capitals.

Visit www.c-spanschoolbus.org for more about the C-SPAN School Bus. For more on C-SPAN Classroom, visit www.c-spanclassroom.org.

For more information:
Wendy Townley, Public Affairs, Cox Communications
(402) 934-0453 (office)
(402) 504-0496 (cell)
wendy.townley@cox.com

About C-SPAN
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created by America's cable television companies as a public service. C-SPAN is available in more than 89 million households nationwide, C-SPAN2 is in 77 million homes and C-SPAN3 is available to more than 10 million digital customers. In the Omaha area, C-SPAN can be seen on Cox Channel 7 and C-SPAN2 on Cox Channel 6.

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June 2, 2006
Secure Technology for Businesses Big or Small 

Omaha, NE – For years now, Metro Ethernet has slowly and quietly changed the way large businesses transfer information from one location to another.

Cox Communications has adapted this technology to meet the needs of any business regardless of its size. Metro Ethernet is now available for companies with as few as two or as many as 100 branches that need to transport sensitive information by bypassing the public internet. This means better protection for companies and their clients.

“Think of it in the same way you move information around the office, only now you can move information around the city. It is as secure as watching one document pass from your hand to that of a coworker,” said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business Services. “What’s great about what we are doing is that this technology is now available for all businesses – small or large. Prior to Cox Communications’ Metro Ethernet solution, this technology was a big-business-only option.”

What was once a blanket, one-size-only system is now a customizable business solution. Systems can be created to serve customers whose needs require speeds as low as 256k or as high as a gigabyte. Metro Ethernet allows for centralized network management, connects multiple offices in a secure environment and is easy to use and affordable.

“Ultimately, Cox is making small business better by giving them tools that big businesses have,” Sukiennik said. 

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May 12, 2006
Cox Customer Information Not Released to NSA


USA Today recently published a story stating that certain phone companies have provided customer phone records to the National Security Agency (NSA). Cox has not had any involvement in this program and does not supply customer phone or Internet records to the NSA.

The Cable Act of 1984 is very specific in terms of its protections for customer privacy and fairly restrictive on what operators must do. Cox would not voluntarily provide customer information unless it was required by law, usually through a subpoena.

As a telecommunications provider, Cox Communication places a high value on our customers’ privacy and remains committed to respecting that privacy.

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May 10, 2006
Contest Promotes Internet Safety at Home

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications is encouraging Omaha area families to discuss Internet safety at home. By doing so, one family will win a new Dell desktop computer and three months of Cox High Speed Internet service.

Now through June 26, families who sign and submit the Take Charge Family Pledge will be entered into a drawing to win the computer and three months of Internet service.

The pledge establishes ground rules and clearly defines limits for parents and children using the Internet, as well as cable TV and telephone in the home.

To download the Take Charge Family Pledge and for complete contest details, visit www.cox.com/omaha/takechargecontest.asp

The winning family will be announced in July.

The contest comes on the heels of a survey sponsored by Cox Communications about Internet use among American teens.

 According to the 1,000 teens, ages 13 through 17, who were surveyed online, 45 percent have been asked for personal information by someone they do not know.

The Cox Communications Teen Internet Safety Survey, which was completed in March, also revealed that one-third of teens would consider meeting a person they have only spoken to online.

“Open communication is one of the most direct ways parents can address Internet dangers with their children,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in Omaha. “The Internet has a wealth of educational information for children. The key is teaching our children what to avoid while online.”

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April 24, 2006
Cox Communications Named One of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications ranked No. 32 in its first year as one of America’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, by DiversityInc. Cox Communications was also ranked No. 3 on the list of Top 10 Companies for African Americans. 

A total of 256 companies competed for a spot on the highly coveted list for the business publication, representing a 100 percent increase over the last three years. The list of winners was announced recently on www.DiversityInc.com, and a more detailed analysis of the winners and the results will be featured in the June issue of DiversityInc magazine. New this year was the requirement that companies on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list demonstrate consistent strength in the four areas the survey measures. Also, more weight was given to CEO Commitment, the most crucial of the four areas measured; the others are Human Capital, Corporate Communications and Suppler Diversity.  

“Cox Communications’ commitment to diversity starts at the top and extends to all aspects of its business,” said Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc. “As a Top 50 company, Cox has demonstrated strong, unbiased recruitment and retention, as well as excellence in communications and supplier diversity.”

“We are delighted that Cox’s commitment to diversity has been recognized by DiversityInc,” said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. “At Cox, diversity is a critical part of our culture, values and operations. We take a comprehensive approach to diversity, ensuring we are inclusive in hiring and retaining employees, but also in our supplier relationships, community outreach and the products and services we offer.”

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April 19, 2006
Cox Communications Extends Title Sponsorship Through 2008

The Cox Classic Tournament Foundation Board and Cox Communications have announced a three-year extension of Cox’s Title Sponsorship of Omaha’s PGA TOUR stop on the Nationwide Tour.   Cox Communications has been a sponsor of the event since 2000, becoming the Title Sponsor in 2004.

“The Cox Classic is a signature event for our community,” said Cox Communications Vice President & Region Manager Percy Kirk. “Not only does the tournament boost our city’s image on national television and enhance economic development, but it gives a significant amount of money back to local charities. The Cox Classic exemplifies Cox Communications commitment to our local community and we are proud to be a part of it.”

 “Cox Communications has been a valued partner for many years and we are delighted to know that the partnership will continue,” said Cox Classic Tournament Board President Tom Wilkinson. “We appreciate Cox Communication's willingness to play a significant role in taking the tournament to a higher level.  Having a title sponsor like Cox Communications and a presenting sponsor like Chevrolet certainly adds to our ability to make this tournament a “Major” on the Nationwide Tour.”

Along with Cox’s sponsorship, the Foundation has set a goal of distributing as much as $100,000 or more in charitable donations each year.  Since its inception in 1996, the tournament has donated over $1.1 million to local charities.

About the Cox Classic presented by Chevrolet
The Cox Classic presented by Chevrolet is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour circuit. It is the area’s only nationally televised professional sporting event. Last year, more than 84,000 people attended the week-long event held at Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Drive. More than 1,000 people volunteer to support the event each year.

Contacts:    Kristen Peck                  Tom Wilkinson
VP – Public Affairs                           Tournament Board President
Cox Communications                        Cox Classic
(402) 934-0256                                 (402) 660-3526
kristen.peck@cox.com                    
twilkinson@heritagefinservices.com

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APRIL 6, 2006
Cox Receives J.D. Power and Associates’ Highest Honor in Business Data Study for Small/Midsize Businesses

ATLANTA – April 6, 2006 – Cox Communications Inc. announced today that it received the highest honor in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services StudySM – Data for highest customer satisfaction among small/midsize business data service providers in the nation.

This marks the first year that its Cox Business Services division has been included in this study, allowing Cox to round out its collection of J.D. Power and Associates honors. In 2005, Cox ranked highest among Internet service providers in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Internet Service Provider Residential Satisfaction StudySM. It also ranked highest in overall satisfaction for residential local telephone service in the West in 2005, marking its third consecutive year of receiving a telephone honor.

“This award underscores how effectively we meet the demanding needs of our business customers,” said Hyman Sukiennik, Cox’s vice president of Cox Business Services in Omaha. “Our relationship with our customers is the key differentiator from other telecommunications providers. Time and time again, they tell us: ‘Even though Cox is a big company, it knows how to serve our needs like a small one.’ This commitment to service, backed by a portfolio of reliable telecommunications services for all types of business needs, is the primary contributor to our success.”

Cox Business Services offers a complete portfolio of telecommunications services to meet stringent business requirements. Services include custom-designed and managed networks with dedicated data transmission up to OC-192 speeds over fiber, T-1 and ATM, High Speed Internet access as well as VPN; local telephone and long distance services; web hosting and E-commerce; carrier access services, video services and music choice.

Cox Business Services is a division of Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc., the nation’s third largest cable broadband communications company. A full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions, Cox Business Services supports over 160,000 companies helping businesses of all sizes generate greater efficiencies. Customers include home offices, small, medium and large-sized businesses, school districts, hospitality, government and military properties in 22 markets across the nation. For more information, visit www.coxbusiness.com.

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March 24, 2006
Harlem Globetrotter to Hoop it Up at the Carter Lake Boys & Girls Club

Omaha, NE - Local Boys & Girls Club members will have some added excitement on Monday, March 27, thanks in part to Cox Communications. A member of the Harlem Globetrotters will visit the Carter Lake Boys and Girls Club (4101 N. 17th St.) for a special meet and greet event at 3:30 p.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters promote the importance of good sportsmanship and having fun both on and off the court. Monday’s Goodwill Ambassador will do just that as he talks with a group of 60 to 70 local children.

In addition to the meet and greet appearance, 100 Boys & Girls Club members will receive tickets to the April 1 Harlem Globetrotters game.

“This is the second year our kids have received this opportunity from Cox Communications and they are even more excited this time around,” said Boys & Girls Club spokesperson Kelly Sears. “The experience is so much more than just a game.”

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March 21, 2006 
UNO at Northeast Regional Hockey Championship on Cox

Omaha, NE. -- The hockey match between No. 4 University of Nebraska at Omaha (20-14-6) and No. 1 Boston University (25-9-4) will air on Cox Channel 3 at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

At 6 p.m., hockey fans will see No. 2 Miami (26-8-4) play No. 3 Boston College (23-12-3). The matches are part of the Northeast Regional 2006 NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey championship. Both games will be broadcast live from the DCU Center in Worcester , Mass.

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March 17, 2006
Cox Communications and the University of Nebraska Partner for
Husker Baseball

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska Athletic Department and Cox Communications Omaha have entered into an agreement for baseball television coverage this season. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity to work with Cox Communications on our Husker baseball television package,” Associate Athletic Director Chris Anderson said.  “Similar to the volleyball games we telecast on cable last fall, this allows the University a unique opportunity to market our program to new audiences utilizing the growing cable industry.  This will continue to increase the visibility of our nationally-ranked baseball program and could provide a new revenue stream in the future.” 

Cox will make available all six Husker baseball games to Cox systems in the opposing teams’ states and will also market the games to other cable systems within the state of Nebraska. Time Warner Cable of Lincoln has announced they will also carry the Cox Communications produced games.

“The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has developed a quality baseball program,” said Percy Kirk, vice president and region manager of Cox Communications Omaha. “We look forward to this expanded partnership and are honored to provide such quality programming to our viewers.”

Cox Communications will produce six home Husker baseball games, including Nebraska’s game against Wichita State and the Creighton University game in Lincoln. Four of the six televised games are against Big 12 Conference opponents.

Cox Communications has secured Greg Sharpe, a veteran sportscaster, to handle play-by-play duties for all six Husker baseball games. Sharpe is a two-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year with extensive experience calling sporting events over the past decade. Sharpe has called the play by play for the Husker men’s basketball television package for the past two years.

Paul Meyers will support Sharpe with color commentary. Meyers is the Associate Athletic Director for Development and a former Husker All-American and coach with the baseball program. Meyers began his association with the development office when he was hired in 1994.  In his current position, Meyers focuses on major gift giving for the Nebraska Athletic Department.

Damon Benning will serve as the field reporter for all six games. He was an All-State baseball player for Omaha Northwest before beginning his football career at the University of Nebraska. Benning has worked in several broadcast capacities including sideline reporter and guest host positions in both radio and television. 

Cox Communications of Omaha will air the Saturday games on Cable Channel 2 and the weekday games on Channel 3, while Time Warner will air the games on Channel 77.  All three channels are analog and available to all Cox and Time Warner subscribers, reaching the majority of the state’s cable subscribers.  Additional cable stations joining the network will be announced at a later date.  Final approval of the contract by both parties is anticipated next week.

 2006 Nebraska Baseball Cox TV Schedule:
March 25    Sat.      Nebraska vs. Kansas           2:05 p.m. Cox Channel 2
April 14       Fri.       Nebraska vs. Texas A&M     6:35 p.m. Cox Channel 3
April 18       Tues.    Nebraska vs. Creighton        6:35 p.m. Cox Channel 3
April 25       Tues.    Nebraska vs. WSU              6:35 p.m.  Cox Channel 3
April 28       Fri.       Nebraska vs. Texas Tech     6:35 p.m.  Cox Channel 3 
May 20       Sat.      Nebraska vs. Oklahoma       2:05 p.m.  Cox Channel 2

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March 16, 2006
Cox Communications Hits Home Run For Kids

OMAHA – For the seventh consecutive season, Cox Communications is sponsoring Home Run for Youth Day at Rosenblatt Stadium.  Thousands of area school kids will receive a ticket to attend the Omaha Royals game vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes at Rosenblatt Stadium on Thursday, April 13th at 11:05 a.m., courtesy of Cox Communications.

All K-12 students in the Cox Communications service area have been invited to the game.  With RSVP’s still being accepted, over 7,000 kids from 43 schools have already signed up, according to Cox Communications spokesperson Kelly Sare.

“Cox Communications Home Run for Youth Day with the Omaha Royals has become a tradition,” said Sare.  “Schools start calling the first of the year to reserve the day on their calendar.  We receive dozens of thank you notes every year from students that otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to attend a baseball game.”

In addition to the tickets, Cox Communications also gives participating schools study guides about baseball.             

At this year’s Home Run for Youth Day, students from Harrison Elementary School will sing the National Anthem.  One student will be chosen at random to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

The game will also be televised live on Cox Cable Channel 2. 

For more information, contact Kevin McNabb, Director of Media Relations at (402) 738-5103.

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March 15, 2006
AutoView Channel to feature New and Used Vehicles 24/7

Omaha, NE – Consumers who dread trudging from car dealership to car dealership to shop for the perfect new or used vehicle are in luck. AutoView channel, featuring hundreds of the best vehicles available from the area’s top dealers, will offer viewers a new way to shop for autos.

Cox Communications today announced the addition of AutoView channel to its digital cable lineup. AutoView will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on channel 233 beginning at noon today. The channel features new and used cars, trucks and SUV’s. 

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Date: March 15, 2006
Aksarben Knights Battle for Play-Off Spot

Omaha, NE - Omaha’s Aksarben Knights (30-25-2-8) will battle the Milwaukee Admirals (40-19-5-2) on March 18 for a spot in the AHL western conference play-offs. Cox TV will televise a live broadcast of the game beginning at 7 p.m. on Cox channel 2.

Who: Aksarben Knights vs.Milwaukee Admirals
What: Battle for a spot in the AHL western conference play-offs
When: Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Live broadcast: Cox channel 2

The masterful goal tending of Brent Krahn has given the Knights new life in the second half of their season. Viewers can join play-by-play announcer Dave Ahlers, color announcer Joe Clark and rink-side reporter Torri Pantaleon for all the action.

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February 22,2006
The I-80 Corridor: Securing Nebraska’s Future

Omaha , NE – If Nebraska had kept pace with the growth rate of the rest of the nation, the state’s population would be approximately 4.5 million. Instead, the population currently sits at 1.8 million. Is development along the I-80 Corridor the answer to future growth? Some local leaders think it is.

An upcoming special edition of The Bridge gives viewers a look at what future development between Omaha and Lincoln could mean for the stability of the state. The episode premieres Feb. 25 at 5:00 p.m. (or immediately following the Nebraska – Texas A&M basketball game) on Cox TV channel 2. 

Host Kristin Peck talks with Governor Dave Heineman and Senator Pam Brown to get a political perspective on development of the corridor. Omaha Chamber of Commerce President David Brown and Behlen Manufacturing CEO Tony Raimondo bring a business perspective to the show and University of Nebraska president JB Milliken adds an educational component. 

Guests also include Doug Bisson, HDR Community Planning Manager, Marty Shukert, principal planner with RDG Planning & Design and former city planning director, and Robert Siegel, nationally renowned market analyst. 

Cox cable customers that aren’t able to catch the premier on Feb. 25 can tune in for replays Feb. 27 through March 3 at 6:00 p.m. on Cox channel 2. The I-80 corridor episode will also be available via On Demand channel 998. (top)

Feb. 7, 2006
Randy Houston Promoted to General Sales Manager of Cox Media

Omaha, NE - Randy Houston has been promoted to General Sales Manager of Cox Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Communications and one of the country’s largest cable television advertising sales organizations.

In his new role, Houston will work to maximize revenue from local, national and regional sources.

Houston joined Cox in 2003 as a Local Sales Manager for Cox Media. Prior to joining Cox, he served as an account executive with KETV for 6 years.  

Houston holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

Cox Media provides local, regional and national advertisers with comprehensive advertising solutions using advanced research and media expertise, customized promotions and commercial production to help businesses connect with their audiences. (top)


January 13, 2006
Summer Miller Named Public Affairs Manager

Omaha, NE - Summer Miller has been named Public Affairs Manager for Cox Communications.

In her new role, Miller is responsible for external communication and a public affairs team responsible for internal communications, media relations, government relations and community programs.

Prior to joining Cox, Miller spent 7 years with The Reader, most recently serving as Editor in Chief. During her tenure she worked to successfully integrate new publications into the Reader family including Today’s Omaha Woman and El Perico. Miller served as managing editor of both publications.

A graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha, Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently serves on the board of directors for City Sprouts and on the communications committee for The Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. She also volunteers with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society as a Team in Training participant. (top)

Date: January 13, 2006
Cox Offers KM3 High Definition Signal 

Omaha , NE – Journal Broadcast Group and Cox Communications have formed a partnership to provide Cox customers with KMTV in high-definition via channel 805. In addition to providing improved picture quality with more visible detail, HDTV is transmitted in a widescreen display.

“We are very pleased that our customers can now enjoy the quality programming of KMTV in high-definition,” said Percy Kirk, VP and Region Manager of Cox Communications. “We are also grateful for our partnership with Journal Broadcasting, an organization that is just as committed as Cox to ensuring that our community has the very best in home entertainment.” 

KM3’s HD offerings including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Still Standing, Without a Trace, Two and a Half Men and more. Upcoming HD sporting events include the NCAA March Madness and The Masters Tournament.

“We are very happy to provide Cox customers the popular entertainment, sports and local news programming on KMTV and CBS in high-definition,” said Steve Wexler, Senior VP for Television and Radio Operations at Journal Broadcast Group. “Cox and Journal Broadcast Group share a commitment to serving our local community; this is one more way we are demonstrating that commitment.”

With the addition of CBS HD, Cox offers 13 HDTV channels including the local NBC, ABC, Fox, and PBS stations, plus ESPN, TNT, Discovery Theater, Universal HD, INHD1, INHD2, HBO and Showtime. With the exception of HBO and Showtime, the HD channel are offered free of charge to Cox digital cable subscribers.

To view HD programming, Cox customers need only have an HD-ready television and subscribe to Cox digital cable and high-definition service. Unlike satellite TV, there is no additional equipment purchase necessary or antennae   required. Plus, with the HD DVR (digital video recorder), viewers can pause, rewind and record their favorite HD content – and even create their own instant replays.   
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January 17, 2006
Phil Higgins Promoted to VP and General Manager of Cox Media
  

Omaha, NE -  Phil Higgins was recently promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Cox Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Communications.

In his new role, Higgins oversees all Cox Media operations in the Omaha metro area including budgeting, sales, and staff development. Cox Media, one of the country’s largest cable television advertising sales organizations, serves as the advertising source for television’s most popular cable networks. 

Higgins staff provides local, regional and national advertisers with comprehensive advertising solutions using advanced research and media expertise, customized promotions and commercial production to help businesses connect with their audiences.

Higgins joined Cox in 1997 as a Local Sales Manager for Cox Media and was promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002. Prior to joining Cox, he served as an area sales manager for TCI. 

Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.  
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January 11, 2006
Creighton vs. Indiana State Basketball LIVE  

Omaha, NE – Tune in to Cox channel 2 Sunday, January 15, 2006 for the Creighton men’s basketball game against Indiana State. The January 15 game will air live on Cox channel 2 at 1 p.m. Jason Pensky and Jim Waugh will call the action. The live feed will be provided by WTWO, the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute, Ind.  
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January 11, 2006
Fifty Youths to Receive Free Computers

Saturday, January 14, 9 – 10:30 a.m.  
South High School Auditorium 
Omaha, NE –The digital divide is real and it’s growing. The U.S. census bureau reported that in 2003, 62% of American households had 1 or more computers. That number has steadily grown and the question remains, is there a disparity between the school performance of students who have access to a computer and the 38 % of those who don’t?

Many people believe there is. One study by a UC-Santa Cruz researcher even claims that having a computer at home increases the likelihood that students will graduate from high school.   

On Saturday, January 14, the playing field will level for 50 local students courtesy of the Cox Connects Kids program. Students will begin a computer learning course at 9 a.m. and walk away with their very own computer just an hour and a half later.

The Cox Connects Kids program accepts used computers from business, refurbishes them and then redistributes them to K through 12 students in need. To qualify, students must complete an application, submit a teacher recommendation letter and meet economic requirements. Once accepted into the program, students are asked to complete a course teaching them how to set up and use their computer. At the completion of the course, the computers are theirs to keep. Cox Connects Kids gives away computers about every three months. For more information or to apply for a computer, call 827-2922 or visit www.cox.com/Omaha/CCK.asp. 

More than 1,000 computers have been donated to local children through the Cox Connects Kids program since its inception in 2001. The program is administered by Cox Communications with support from Omaha Public Schools. South High School has incorporated classes around the refurbishing process into their curriculum, putting their students behind the computer refurbishing process.  (top)

 

January 10, 2006
Aksarben Knights Hockey Game to be Televised Live    

Omaha, NE – The Aksarben Knights vs. the Peoria Rivermen will be televised LIVE on Cox Digital Cable channel 802. Game time is set for Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. with Dave Ahlers handling play by play and Joe Clark serving as color commentator. 

Cox Communications and Cox Sports will also televise the following Aksarben Knights games this season:

Friday, Jan. 27               vs. Grand Rapids           7 p.m.   Cox Channel 802
Saturday, March 11        vs. Cleveland                 7 p.m.   Cox Channel 2
Saturday, March 25        vs. Peoria                     7 p.m.   Cox Channel 2
Saturday, April 1             vs. Milwaukee              7 p.m.   Cox Channel 2
Friday, April 7                 vs. Iowa                       7 p.m.   Cox Channel 2
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January 2, 2006
The Latest in the
World of Gaming

Attn: Lifestyle, Gaming, Tech Editors
According to the Entertainment Software Association, 75 percent of American heads of households play computer and video games and almost half of game players are online one or more hours per week.  The gaming field is constantly changing and this growing population demands more.  All your gaming readers need to know about the latest games, gadgets, and cheats will soon be available OnDemand. On Jan. 6 Cox Communications will launch its Gaming Channel G4 OnDemand. Now Gamers can access their favorite geek friendly programs with just the click of a remote. G4, on Cox channel 215, is a gaming channel that includes topics such as strategy walkthroughs, cheat codes, the latest gadgets, and reviews of the latest games.  Gamers can access G4 shows any time of the day (or for many gamers, night).  Cox digital customers just need to go to channel 998 for OnDemand services and enter the FreeZone to find this great new feature.
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December 29, 2005
Don’t Settle for Dick Clark - Watch Omaha’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Midnight

The Holiday Lights Festival fireworks will kick off the New Year in downtown Omaha’s at 7 p.m., but you can catch them during your own celebration on Cox channel 23 at midnight! Why celebrate early with Dick Clark when you can ring in the New Year right on time and with a little local flavor? The region’s largest fireworks display is provided by ConAgra foods and is choreographed with a musical score provided by Lite 101.9 KLTQ. Tune in to Cox channel 23 on New Year’s Eve and celebrate Omaha-style with Cox Communications. (top)

 

November 17, 2005      
Cox Communications Introduces New Premium Access Pass
Best of the Web Zone and Sports Zone now available to Cox High Speed Internet customers in the Omaha metro area.

Omaha, NE – Cox Communications today introduced a dynamic new Internet experience for its customers with the launch of Premium Access Pass.  This new service provides Cox High Speed Internet customers with access to two premium content packages--Best of the Web Zone and Sports Zone—that offer comprehensive subscription-based online content at a discounted price. 

“Cox focuses on the services that are most important to our customers, and sports fans in the Omaha metro will enjoy getting the inside track on game day or race day with Sports Zone,” said Kristin Peck, Cox vice president of public affairs.  “And The Best of the Web Zone brings together the leading online resources for families – including access to over 8,000 greeting cards from American Greetings, which is perfect for the holidays.”

The Best of the Web Zone premium package is available to Cox High Speed Internet customers for $7.95 per month – a savings of nearly $25 versus regular subscription pricing.   Best of the Web Zone provides content to the most popular family-friendly content sites on the net today, including:

  • AmericanGreetings.com: With more than 8,000 greeting cards to create and print at home, users can choose from thousands of eCards, printable greetings and projects, online invitations and more.  AmericanGreetings.com also offers a reminder service to alert users of birthdays, holidays and other important dates as well as an address book to store the email addresses of family and friends

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online®: Provides users with unlimited access to the full, updated 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary and Thesaurus and more – all in an advertising-free environment

  • Shockwave.com GameBlast™: Offers access to a collection of more than 200 premium games, including Collapse, Wild Card Football and Nothin’ But Net 3D Basketball. Each game offers premium features such as unlimited, uninterrupted play, extra levels and full-screen play

  • The Weather Channel: Choose a location anywhere in the United States and access the video or text versions of the local weather forecasts, including the local 5-day forecast.  The site also features Extreme Weather, featuring video clips of key global weather events including expert analysis and forecasting from The Weather Channel and Weather Archives and provides a searchable video database of historical storms

  • FOX Sports: Brings the power of FOX Sports and the regional interest of FOX Sports Net to interactive media.  Provides subscribers with unlimited and exclusive access to unique sports news video-direct from satellite.  Highlights include clips from over 30 new sports videos per day and popular Fox Sports TV shows including: The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Beyond the Glory and You Gotta See This!

The Sports Zone premium package is available to Cox High Speed Internet customers for $9.95 per month – a savings of over $35 a month versus regular subscription pricing.  The Sports Zone includes access to the most popular websites for the avid sports fan, including: 

  • MLB.com: The most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet, MLB.com offers fans complete baseball information, including up-to-date statistics, game summaries, and live and archived radio broadcasts of every game, live and archived video webcasts of entire games, and hosted post-game video highlight shows 

  • SportingNews: The number one web site for Fantasy Sports games, news and information.  Provides subscribers the opportunity to draft and manage their own fantasy football and baseball team and compete for the championship 

  • Rivals.com: Delivers the definitive inside scoop on the world of college recruiting from its more than 200 member team of experts, writers and reporters.  Rivals.com provides exclusive team-specific coverage as well as the ultimate fan experience and community interaction

  • FOX Sports: Brings the power of FOX Sports and the regional interest of FOX Sports Net to interactive media.  Provides subscribers with unlimited and exclusive access to unique sports news video-direct from satellite.  Highlights include clips from over 30 new sports videos per day and popular Fox Sports TV shows including: The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Beyond the Glory and You Gotta See This!

Cox customers can choose to subscribe to both the Best of the Web and the Sports Zone packages for $16.90 per month.  The Premium Access Passes are conveniently added to the customer’s Cox monthly bill, and no long-term obligations are required.  The single sign-on platform provides an efficient way for Cox customers to have access their Cox WebMail and premium content package.

Cox chose Synacor to develop and power the new bundled Best of the Web Zone and Sports Zone subscription services.  Synacor's software platform supports the integration of a variety of premium services accessible via a single user-ID, password and interface.  The single sign-on environment makes it convenient for customers to access their Cox WebMail and premium content.

Cox is an industry leader among Internet service providers, and recently received the highest honor in J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM.  Specifically, Cox ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among High-Speed Internet Service Providers.” (top)


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For more information contact:  

Kristin Peck 
Vice President/Government and Public Affairs
(402) 934-0256 or 510-9000

kristin.peck@cox.com

Summer Miller
Public Relations Manager
(402) 934-0257

summer.miller@cox.com

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a multi-service broadband communications company with approximately 6.7 million total customers, including approximately 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. The nation's third-largest cable television provider, Cox offers analog cable television under the Cox Cable brand as well as digital video service under the Cox Digital Cable brand, featuring advanced services including digital video recording, high-definition television and video-on-demand. Cox provides an array of other communications services including local and long-distance telephone under the Cox Digital Telephone brand, high-speed Internet service under the Cox High Speed Internet brand, and home networking. Commercial voice and data services are offered via Cox Business Services. Local cable advertising, promotional opportunities and production services are sold under the Cox Media brand. Cox is an investor in programming services including Discovery Communications Inc. Cox Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc.

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