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Internet speeds double for Cox customers

Cox Communications announced that said it will continue its commitment to customers by doubling the speeds on two of its most popular packages of Internet service for all customers this year. These speed increases will make multiple devices running simultaneously in the home a quicker experience.

* Cox High Speed Internet Preferred level will increase from 25 megabits per second to 50 megabits per second.

* Cox High Speed Internet Premier level will increase from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second.

These packages represent more than 70 percent of Cox’s high-speed Internet customers. The new speeds will automatically go into effect beginning Monday, completed by July 31. Customers do not have to take any action and this action does not require any change in rate/cost.

With speeds as fast as 150Mbps, Cox is continuing to provide its customers the fastest speeds in Arizona. The increased speeds come on the heels of the company’s announced plans to offer gigabit speeds beginning in Phoenix this fall, and to all Cox customers nationwide by 2017 is a core part of our product roadmap. Cox has always been and will continue to be committed to delivering customers enhanced and evolving services.

“This increase marks our continuing commitment to providing customers the fastest speeds available in the state, while responding to their needs for more speed and bandwidth allowances without a change in their current rate,” stated Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President/General Manager, Cox Communication Southwest. “We know this is especially important in today’s world where more and more devices are connected through their WiFi network throughout their home. And we will continue to invest in our network to bring our customers the best online experience possible.”

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Cox Charities Contributes nearly $600,000

Cox Charities has announced its selection of 91 non-profit organizations to receive grant funding totaling nearly $600,000 across the state—thanks in part to Cox’s internal sustainability program, Turning Waste Into Growth (TWIG), which contributes thousands of dollars to the nonprofit grant program. In the Phoenix-area, $484,000 was awarded to 58 non-profits. This year’s donation was the largest donation since the program’s inception in 1996. Over the past 17 years, Cox Charities has awarded more than $4 million to local Arizona nonprofits that support youth and education.

TWIG is Cox Arizona’s internal sustainability effort designed to raise funds for Cox Charities, provide employees with convenient recycling options, divert waste from landfills and reduce waste disposal costs. All recycling revenue directly benefits Cox Charities.

“We are proud to include new, innovative ways to raise funds to continue to make Cox Charities’ impact on the community larger each year through programs like TWIG,” said Steve Rizley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cox Arizona.”

The TWIG Program encompasses three major initiatives:

•The Cardboard Recycling Program recycles cardboard from Cox offices and stores and recycled at fulfillment centers in Phoenix.

•The Office Waste Recycling Program includes secure document shredding and general office waste recycling in partnership with local vendors. Paper, cans, plastic and cardboard are recycled then collected in bins placed throughout all Cox locations.

•The ASC Scrap Cable Recycling Program collects coaxial cable, small fittings, scrap plastics and dry cell batteries from Cox installations.

Since its inception in 2008, TWIG has raised nearly $60,000 statewide for Cox Charities. Funds raised through TWIG are combined with donations from Cox customers, employees and corporate partners to benefit statewide youth and education causes throughout the state. This year, more than 3,000 Cox Arizona employees personally contributed to the foundation through donations and fundraisers.

Phoenix organizations that were awarded grant funds this year include:

AASK- AZ- $7,500
American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter- $10,000
Arizona Opera Company- $4,000
Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped- $7,500
Arizona Science Center- $7,500
Arizona Theatre Company- $5,000
Arizona Town Hall- $10,000
Arizona Zoological Society- $5,000
Arizonans for Children, Inc.- $10,000
Arizona’s Children Association- $7,000
Back to School Clothing Drive- $10,000
Banner Health Foundation of Arizona- $5,000
Be A Leader Foundation- $5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central AZ- $7,500
Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale- $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix- $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley- $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley- $10,000
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona- $5,000
Challenger Space Center Arizona- $10,000
Civitan Foundation, Inc.- $10,000
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts- $7,500
Desert Caballeros Western Museum- $5,000.00
Dignity Health Foundation- East Valley- $10,000
East Valley Children’s Theatre- $7,135
Elevate Phoenix               – $7,500
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation- $10,000
Friendly House- $10,000
Gabriels Angels- $5,000
HandsOn Greater Phoenix (formerly Make A Difference) – $10,000
Hope and A Future- $10,000
Junior Achievement of Arizona- $10,000
Make-A-Wish Arizona- $10,000
National Engineers Week Future City Competition- $5,000
New Pathways for Youth, Inc.- $10,000
Oddessy of the Mind After School- $2,865
one n ten- $10,000
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation- $10,000
Phoenix Film Foundation- $6,000
Phoenix Indian Center- $10,000
Phoenix Theatre, Inc.- $5,000
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona- $5,000
Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS)- $5,000
Si Se Puede- $5,000
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center- $7,000
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS- $10,000
Teen Addiction Anonymous- $5,000
Tempe Community Council- $5,000
The Phoenix Symphony- $10,000.00
Treasures 4 Teachers, Inc.- $10,000
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development- $10,000
UMOM New Day Centers- $7,500
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona- $10,000
Valle del Sol, Inc.- $10,000
Valley Leadership- $10,000
Valley Youth Theatre- $7,500
World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force- $5,000
Total=   $484,000

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Cox launches Contour personal TV experience

Cox Communications introduced Contour, a new video experience that could eliminate aimless channel surfing and solve the chronic problem of what to watch.  Contour is the only service on the market that connects viewers to the things they care about by integrating multiple personal recommendations into an intuitive new guide, a tablet app that serves up relevant content to viewers at home or on-the-go. Additionally, Contour offers the only DVR in the country that can record six shows at once and provides two terabytes of storage.

“With Contour we are forging new ground when it comes to delivering a true, personalized TV experience,” said Steve Rizley, general manager & senior vice president of Cox Communications Southwest. “Contour brings to life all the features our customers tell us they want from individual viewing recommendations that are based on their past preferences to a robust library of Video on Demand offerings and enhanced DVR capabilities – all accessible on multiple devices via an effortless guide.”

A recent study of consumer preferences found that Cox video customers spent almost 60 percent of their viewing time on “convenience” television rather than live TV. Over half of respondents said they use streaming video players, and usage is both increasing and extending beyond the primary TV set. Cox provides more than 90 channels available on secondary devices which is greater than any other provider in this market.

Contour provides a video experience that is uniquely relevant to individual consumers, personally shaping to their interests and preferences. Initially available on the iPad, up to eight users are able to create a personal playlist with their favorite shows that they can access whenever they want. In addition to using the interface to discover content, users can set DVR recordings from their iPad as well as start viewing shows on the iPad and continue watching on TV with just a touch. App users will see three panels: “live” featuring more than 90 national cable channels; “on demand” initially featuring tens of thousands of titles, with new titles added each month; “my library” featuring a watch list of selected content and access to individual TV network apps like HBO Go and WatchDisney.

Contour app features:

* A second screen personal video experience with the ability to search for live or on-demand content with a simple, intuitive swipe
* Access to over 90 national cable channels of live TV
* Thousands of video on demand selections

Contour guide features:

* An advanced user guide that recognizes up to eight unique user profiles recommending different shows for each user
* Offers personal recommendations based on specific shows each person watches and likes

Record 6 DVR features:

* The  only DVR in the U.S. that records six shows at once
* Two terabytes of storage with capacity to store up to 300 hours HD shows and 1,000 hours SD shows

Contour is available for no charge in Apple’s App Store starting August 5, 2013.

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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona.

“According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our partnership with Cox Business is a great way to show our support to these entrepreneurs that are making a tremendous impact in our community.”

This one-of-a-kind campaign includes a series of 30-second spots produced in English and Spanish, that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. These spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month ofJune. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s newscasts and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“These women embody a true entrepreneur spirit of creativity, dedication and hard work, that positively impacts our community and state’s economy,” said Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications.  “We hope that all the efforts these Latina entrepreneurs are doing to contribute to Arizona’s business growth inspires others to do wonderful things for our state.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Linda Valenzuela, MIA Cosmetics
LindaValenzuela is a make up artist, master stylist, and owner of Mia Cosmetics, a growing force aimed at satisfying the real and fantasy beauty needs of individuals through quality products and services. A professional stylist for over 10 years, Linda’s work has appeared in fashion magazines, catalogues, and runways, including W Magazine, SkyMall and FIDM Prom Web LA. Linda is a popular guest teacher and lecturer at notable cosmetology and art schools, as well as volunteer instructor for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her talent is so hard to miss, that she was chosen to apply make up to President Barack Obama and Maria Elena Salinas – one of the most renowned Latina journalist in the U.S. – during their visit to Phoenix last year.

Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, Paletas Betty
Beatriz Alatorre de Hong is the president and owner of Paletas Betty, an ice cream and cream-pops shop in Chandler andTempe. Founded in 2011, Paletas Betty uses simple from scratch recipes that deliver the freshest experience possible. With classic Mexican flavors and newly invented flavors Paletas Betty is Betty’s way of sharing the happiness sheexperienced as a child eating paletas. This year, Betty is focusing on increasing their presence in existing markets by doing more community events and forming strategic partnerships.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern Of Hope

$2M Grant from Piper Supports Fight Against Cancer

With a generous $2 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign benefitting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is near its $20 million goal. The grant from Piper Trust, in support of the campaign, provides funding for capital, programs and services that will impact patients, their families and the community.

Launched in January 2011, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign has attracted support from more than 1,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors that share an interest in fighting cancer. The campaign has been on a path to success since its inception thanks to the involvement of dozens of dedicated community and business leaders who comprise the campaign cabinet.

In particular, Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, has been invaluable as the chair of the campaign, while Arizona Cardinals’ star receiver Larry Fitzgerald has taken an active role as honorary chair. Additional outstanding leadership has been provided by co-chairs Steve Rizley, senior vice president of Cox Communication and Kari Yatkowski, founder of Corporate Citizen.

Located in Gilbert, Ariz., the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of the Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health system, relies on philanthropic support to fund education and outreach activities, patient support programs, the latest technology and more. Another significant gift received in Fall 2012 from the James M. Cox Foundation will fund the creation of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Integrative Oncology, which will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga or meditation, to aid pain and stress management.

The Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign seeks to raise the remaining $311,000 by June 30, 2013. A second fundraising effort will follow to secure support for additional capital and programmatic efforts associated with the ongoing expansion of Banner MD Anderson. Work is currently underway on a 130,000-square-foot expansion project at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which will double the total clinic exam rooms to 60, add three linear accelerators used in radiation treatment and include 13 additional infusion bays. It will also expand the Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center, as well as the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention.

Cox Home Security

Home Safe Home: Cox Home Security System Review

Home safe home: Home security companies use latest innovations — including the Cox Home Security system — to introduce next generation in protection.


When I was growing up watching “The Jetsons,” I always wondered if I would live long enough to have some of George Jetson’s cool gadgets.

I don’t know if it’s that I’m getting old or if technology has caught up and exceeded our imagination, but I have lived long enough to see some of George Jetson’s gadgets come to life. I FaceTime with my family in New York. Every airport has moving floors and sidewalks. And now I’m using Jetsons-esque gadgets and technology in a home that was built before television — home to “The Jetsons” — was even invented.

My Cox Home Security system has turned my downtown Phoenix historic home — built in 1918 — into a 21st-century Smart Home. Using an app on my smartphone, the system gives me the ability to adjust thermostats, turn lights on and off, arm an disarm the security system, and monitor the house using four surveillance cameras. I can do that from anywhere in the world.

While it’s really cool to have the ability to crank up the heat before I leave work so the house will be nice and toasty when I get home, and it’s really funny to use the surveillance cameras to watch my dog get on the bed the moment I leave for work, it’s the practicality of knowing my home is safe that is the biggest benefit of a home security system.

The Department of Justice says if robber is worried that he’s going to set off an alarm when he kicks in your door, he is less likely to break into your home. So just having the home security sign in my front yard is a deterrent.

But 21st-century home security systems offer more than more than just a sign in your front yard and a loud alarm that goes off to scare off would-be robbers. Companies like Cox, ADT, FrontPoint, Titan Alarm, and Integrated Protective Systems are using the latest technology to keep homes out of harm’s way.

Cox Arizona is the latest company to enter the protection business after in unveiled Cox Home Security in April. Cox’s new service allows its customers to both monitor their homes and keep their loved ones safe.

“The new Cox Home Security system uses advanced technology to connect customers at the level of their choice with options that bring home security right to their fingertips,” said Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Arizona.

In addition to safety, the home security system acts as a remote personal assistant, connecting Cox customers to their home appliances and thermostats, enabling customers to save on energy bills through programming while monitoring the use of energy throughout the entire home. Cox Home Security also monitors carbon monoxide and home smoke detectors, alerting homeowners via email or text when levels are unsafe. The system also automatically dispatches fire emergency officials to the scene.

The 24/7 secure monitoring systems feature:

  • Intrusion and home safety monitoring (includes fire, gas and flood)
  • Remote access so the system can be controlled away from home
  • Email/text alerts to notify customers of occurrences at the home
  • Safety sensors to detect hazardous conditions such as carbon monoxide and smoke
  • Secure video surveillance available via smartphone or computer
  • Control of home functions such as lighting and temperature

To give you a sense of what the peace of mind of having a high-tech home security system will cost you, Cox’s system is free with a $99 installation and three-year contract with service plans starting at $29.99 for existing Cox customers.

While I have used security system’s cameras to mostly watch my dog do nothing while I am at work all day, the benefits have been immeasurable:

  • I avoided a possible disaster when I left for a trip to New York and saw that I’d left my back door cracked open. I was able to make a quick call to a friend who was able to go over and get the house locked up.
  • Having the ability to remotely control the thermometers in my house has lowered my heating and cooling bills by more that 20 percent.
  • The value of the security system illustrated itself when I got an email alert that someone had unexpectedly entered the house while I was gone. I was able to view the surveillance camera and see that it was my pest control guy who had come for an unscheduled treatment, but if it had been a would-be robber, he would have been caught red-handed.

I love my neighborhood, but in the year preceding the installation of my Cox Home Security system, I had three bikes stolen and another attempted break-in. In the six months since the system has been installed, there have been no incidents. And it’s saved me money on my utility bills.

Now THAT’S a Smart Home.

For more information about the Cox Home Security system, visit ww2.cox.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse: What, How And Why Now?

It seems to be the topic of many conversations these days. But what is civil discourse, and how can we achieve it? More importantly, why has the call become increasingly louder for a concerted effort to find a different way of electing our leaders, solving our problems and interfacing with each other?

What is Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is our ability to have conversation on topics about which we disagree and to listen to each other’s perspectives. Civil discourse requires respect of the other participants and an appreciation for others’ experiences.

To advance society and improve the quality of life in Arizona, we must be prepared to discuss important, yet potentially contentious issues, such as growth, transportation, healthcare and education. Our democracy is dependent upon responsible residents that can, and will, wrestle with these tough issues, without partisanship, while maintaining respect for the need to hear, understand and take into account different viewpoints.

Join the Discussion

An interactive panel of local experts will be discussing civil discourse, what it is and why it’s important at Valley Forward’s luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Panelists include Paul Johnson, former Mayor of the city of Phoenix and manager of Southwest Next Capital Management; Chuck Coughlin, president of HighGround Public Affairs; and Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications. Tarah Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall will serve as moderator.

These speakers will be engaging attendees in a conversation on civil discourse, the shifting of politics in Arizona, consensus building and regional thinking. It’s especially important in this presidential election year, which also marks Arizona’s centennial celebration and the 50th anniversary of Arizona Town Hall. Come hear for yourself why listening to others’ opinions is so integral in our society.

For more information about Valley Forward, visit valleyforward.org.

Chamber Board Leadership

Chamber Board Leadership Second To None

3’s Company

Chamber board leadership second to none

By Vanessa White

With the addition of President and Chief Executive Officer Katie Pushor in January, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved Pushor’s innovative three-year strategic plan in June. Some key points included growing and retaining membership, reaching out to mid-market businesses, and helping small businesses grow and maintaining a strong and diverse board.

Chamber Board - AZ Business Magazine Oct/Nov 2006Steve Rizley, chamber chair-elect and vice president and Arizona region manager of Cox Communications, said one of the things he likes about the plan is it allows the chamber, as a dynamic organization, to evolve and suit the needs of businesses in metropolitan Phoenix today.

“Our business community has changed as the overall market has changed,” Rizley notes. “I don’t know of another metropolitan area in the United States that has changed more than Phoenix has in the last 25 years. There’s more businesses, there’s more opportunities to make a good first impression because people move here constantly, and what I think Katie and her crew have done is develop a plan that is going to allow the chamber to meet the needs of this dynamic business community.”

Current Chairman of the Board Jack Davis, president and chief executive officer of APS, adds the three-year plan is focused on three aspects. “One aspect is bring more membership, then look at increasing the renewal of membership in the chamber,” Davis says. “Also, increasing the technology on our Web site to make it easier for the members to use and access the benefits we offer.”

 

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Jack Davis, chairman of the Chamber board and President and CEO of APS Former Chamber Chair

 

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Mark Bonsall, chief financial executive and associate general manager of SRP

 

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Steve Rizley, chamber chair-elect and vice president and Arizona region manager of Cox Communications

Davis notes in order to bring in more membership and increase renewals, the board is looking at programs that would be beneficial to the chamber’s mid-market members. Those with more than 100 employees, but less than 1,000. “There are not that many big businesses here. The broad base of business and the success of Phoenix is built on businesses that are 100-300 employees, so doing the best possible job for them is very important,” Rizley said.

Former Chair Mark Bonsall, chief financial executive and associate general manager of SRP, agrees. “The emphasis that came out of the three-year plan was growth and focus on the mid-market sector, which is absolutely in need of services of the chamber,” Bonsall says. “I think the chamber has done an excellent job of servicing the entire spectrum of this community in the past, and if there’s a spot we need to focus on more, it is the mid-market business.”

However, Rizley says the mid-market focus is not meant to take away from growing small businesses and providing them with needed resources. He said one of the benefits of the chamber for small- and medium-sized businesses is the ability to have a voice in a large organization with so many members.

“The vision of the chamber has to do with being able to serve and further the interests of all types of businesses in metropolitan Phoenix, which means we’re providing a more fertile ground and giving businesses the tools they need to have benefits they might not otherwise achieve,” Rizley adds.

In expanding membership, Rizley says it is important for the chamber to develop a well-respected lobbying arm to market to all businesses. “We have to be able to demonstrate there’s a value proposition that resonates with businesses,” Rizley says. “If you look at what the chamber has achieved in terms of the credibility it has built, the way it is treated when working amongst our elected officials, and how much respect it has from large corporations, I believe that is happening.”

It is universal among members that the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ biggest strength is diversity and the plan aims to expand this even further. “We are a very large board with large businesses, small businesses, utilities, technology and all the other kinds of businesses we have in the Valley,” Davis adds. “That brings a tremendous amount of thinking to the chamber.”

Rizley concurs about board diversity. “Our board represents many different types of companies and represents many different types of interests and backgrounds. I think it represents every type of political affiliation,” he explains. “Because the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has a bigger representation from other Valley chambers, there’s also lots of geographic interests at the table.”

Rizley uses the example of the Southeast Valley compared to north Scottsdale. He said the two are mercurially different in terms of lifestyle and a lot of aspects as to why people choose to live and work in each.

“It is important to have a board that represents those interests and I think we’ve done a good job of meeting them,” Rizley says. Bonsall says the diversity is also a strength because it keeps the board active. “Everybody is encouraged to be on the committees and go to the different meetings,” Bonsall adds. “It’s a gathering place for consensus building.”

Davis says the three-year plan comes complete with instruments to measure the plan’s success and he is confident in the chamber’s future. “This is not a business plan that is pie in the sky,” Davis notes. “This is a plan where we can and will measure our success.”

Cover - AZ Business Magazine Oct/Nov 2006Bonsall is equally optimistic about the plan and the chamber’s future under Pushor’s leadership. “With this three-year business plan and new leadership of Katie, the future of the chamber is the brightest it’s ever been. The sky is the limit with our chamber,” Bonsall says.

Rizley says of all of his affiliations, his chamber board position is most important. “This is the most important thing I am involved in. We believe that if business goes well, the quality of life and the opportunity to educate our kids and have everything, from sports teams to freeway systems, hangs together. People are employable in a great environment and this chamber is running right alongside these businesses, helping to create that environment, so I have a lot of optimism,” Rizley says. “The board shares that optimism.”

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Inside the Chamber
2005-2006 Board of Directors
Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Mark Bonsall, SRP
  • Immediate Past Chairman: Rich Boals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Chairman-Elect: Jack Davis, APS
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Holt, Holt & Frank, PLLC
  • Legal Counsel: Jay Ruffner, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
  • Vice Chairman of Healthcare: Reginald M. Ballantyne III, Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.
  • Vice Chairman of Economic Development: Bettye Jackson, Jackson Airport Enterprises
  • Vice Chairman of Transportation: Kevin Olson, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
  • Vice President of Audit: William Hinz, II, Western National Bank
  • Vice Chairman of Human Resources: Manny Molina, Molina Media Group

Arizona Business Magazine Oct/Nov 2006