Navarre businesses gained a new option for Internet and voice services as Cox Communications opened service up to businesses along the Highway 98 corridor.
Public Affairs Manager for Florida and Georgia Cam Johnson said the expansion seemed like a logical choice.
“We already provided service in Escambia and Okaloosa, and we had the fiber running along 98 to connect the two,” Johnson said. “So we decided to offer business services to businesses along that Highway 98 corridor.”
Speeds range from 5Mb to 10 gigabytes in optical Internet services.
“Fiber optic based services are dedicated and highly reliable,” Johnson said. “Offering symmetric speeds (same speed upload and download) they are ideal for business users who are increasingly dependent on fast, responsive and reliable Internet, data transfer and telecommunications.”
Previously businesses could choose from Mediacom or AT&T for their services. According to the Cox Business website, packages for small businesses start at $89.99 per month for phone and Internet.
“Our prices are very competitive. We provide very fast business Internet, and we can tailor service to the needs of the business,” Johnson said.
The company has had the option to reach into Navarre since 2006 when sole franchise rights were changed over to statewide franchising.
“We have crossed over those artificial boundaries to close that geographic gap. We are meeting with the people, now,” Johnson said. “It’s been positive. We have only been doing it there for a very short time, but otherwise it’s been very positive.”
Johnson said for businesses spanning multiple counties, the expansion means consistency.
“It can be a great thing if you have other offices in Okaloosa County that can connect to one provider. Cox business has always had high rating for high customer rating and customer retention. We are going to give the businesses there another option,” he said.
While local businesses can opt for the new provider, Johnson said the company currently does not plan to offer residential services to the area due to carrier agreements with local broadcasters and network partners.
They will not be offering business service outside the Highway 98 area in Santa Rosa County.