Cox extends digital phone roll out in Bayou State

Sun, 11/14/2004 - 7:00pm
Karen Brown

Cox Communications Inc. took another step toward expanding its Voice-over-Internet Protocol platform in rolling out service in southwest Louisiana.

Cox Digital Telephone is now available in the communities primarily around Lafayette, La. - a region that is part of Cox's Mac system, which covers parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The new service area will include most of the areas served by telco rival BellSouth Corp., including the communities of Lafayette, Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Scott, Youngsville, Crowley, Rayne, New Iberia, Jeanerette, Loreauville, Abbeville, Erath and St. Martinville. Service will also be extended to Franklin, Baldwin, Centerville, Patterson, Breaux Bridge, Cecelia, Henderson and Parks.

Costs start at $11.37 monthly for a no-frills, single line service when bundled with another Cox service. At the high end, Cox offers a $54.95 per month Cox Unlimited Connection package, which includes one residential primary line, unlimited local and nationwide long distance, voice mail and 14 popular calling features, with a $5 discount if the service is bundled with video or high-speed data services.

"Cox Digital Telephone provides outstanding value to the customers we serve," said David Pugliese, Cox's vice president of product marketing and management. "Today, more than 1.2 million people choose Cox's telephone service for savings, quality service and simplified billing and payment options far greater than the incumbent telephone provider."

The roll out is the fifth market where Cox has debuted VoIP service and its 17th voice market overall. The MSO recently rolled out VoIP service in Tulsa, Okla.; Baton Rouge, La. and in western Texas.


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