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Rogers-Deville First Woman to Receive Virgil G. Evans Award for Service in Cable Telecommunications Industry

BATON ROUGE, La. - March 11, 2002 - The Louisiana Cable & Telecommunications Association (LCTA) recognized the past year's best and brightest in local cable programming, community service and customer service in Louisiana at the 2002 Krewe of Cable Annual Meeting and Convention held Feb. 5-7, 2002, in New Orleans.

"The programs and service initiatives receiving awards this year demonstrate the strength of cable programming and its dedication to community service throughout Louisiana. From public affairs and customer education programs to helping communities respond to the tragic events of Sept. 11, the cable telecommunications companies and employees in Louisiana exemplify the very heart and soul of our state. The 2002 LCTA Awards recognize the excellence and commitment that abounds in our industry in Louisiana," said Cheryl P. McCormick, executive director of the LCTA.

The LCTA presented six system awards in four different categories:

* Customer Education/Image local programming
* Public Affairs local programming
* Community service
* Customer service

In the customer education/image local programming category, Cox Communications in New Orleans won the award for their program "Education Plugged In TV." The winning system was chosen based on their commitment to community service and excellence in the production of this stylish, fast-paced program designed to attract and engage middle and high school students. 

The public affairs local programming award recognized outstanding achievement in addressing issues important to the community such as education, crime and government. Cox Communications in Baton Rouge, La., was honored in the category for cable systems with more than 60,000 customers for its "High School Football Tailgate Show." The show was broadcast live every Friday night during the prep football season, immediately preceding the Game of the Week, and featured local and state elected officials and community leaders from the surrounding cities and parishes. The show was the first of its kind in the state. 
For the second year in a row, Charter Communications in Hammond, La., won the public affairs award for cable systems with 60,000 customers or less for "Newsmaker-17." "Newsmaker-17" is a live, daily news program that addresses a variety of issues in the community including political candidate interviews and live, election night coverage, safety seminars, law enforcement updates, as well as coverage of local city and parish council and school board meetings.

The community service category recognized Charter Communications in Hammond, La., and Cox Communications in New Orleans, for outstanding, voluntary community service in their franchise areas. Charter Communications in Hammond, La., won for their "17 in Action" project which raised funds to benefit projects in the Tangipahoa/Livingston Parish Communities. Cox Communications in New Orleans won for "Louisiana Cares," a multi-parish collaborative effort spearheaded by Cox following September 11 that raised more than $475,000 in relief funds. Each award carries with it a $1,000 grant from the LCTA for a donation to a non-profit organization in their community.

The customer service award recognizes excellence in providing high quality, innovative customer service. The 2001 winner was Time Warner Cable in Shreveport, La., for their efforts in revamping and improving their "Call Center." 

The LCTA presented The Virgil G. Evans Award to Diana Rogers-Deville, general manager for Cox Communications in Alexandria, for her outstanding service in the cable telecommunications industry in Louisiana. Ms. Rogers-Deville is the first woman to receive this award since its inception in 1982. Her dedication to and excellence in the cable telecommunications field has been highlighted by outstanding personal achievement and national recognition of her technical expertise.

About LCTA

The Louisiana Cable & Telecommunications Association is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in Louisiana. Founded in 1968, LCTA's primary mission is to provide leadership, direction, and a focal point for ideas of common interest, so these ideas can grow into projects of benefit to the membership and the general public. 

LCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the state's cable television households and more than 100 cable program networks, as well as engineers, equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry. In addition to offering traditional and state-of-the-art video services, LCTA's members also provide broadband services such as high-speed Internet access and telecommunications services such as local exchange telephone service to customers across Louisiana.

Cox Communications, LSU, and TAF Team Up To Create Academic Center

     BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - LSU, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and Cox Communications of Baton Rouge today announced a partnership that will bring state-of-the-art technology to LSU's new Academic Center of Student Athletes.
     Cox Communications of Baton Rouge is providing $5.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions over a 10-year period to help establish an academic learning center for LSU students. In return, the center will bear the name "Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes." 
     Jacqui Vines, Vice President and General Manager of Cox Communications in Baton Rouge, said, "Cox Communications is deeply committed to the communities we serve, and education has long been the cornerstone of the Cox community outreach efforts. We're so pleased to be a part of such a great effort to promote academics."
     The Tiger Athletic Foundation is leasing the Gym-Armory building from the University to establish the Center. TAF is raising private donations for the renovations of the Gym-Armory to create a premier facility that will be available not only to students athletes, but to all LSU students. The Center's 1,000-auditorium will be the largest student auditorium on campus. "TAF is proud to be a part of this crucial project because we want to help provide only the best resources for the student athlete, LSU and Tiger athletics," said General Ron Richard, TAF Chief Executive Officer.
     Cox's gift to the Center includes wiring and equipping the facility with cutting-edge fiber optics, as well as data and cable wiring for each of the 1,000 individual seats in the Center's auditorium and 1,000 other locations in the Center. Cox will donate 75 new IBM computers with flat screen monitors for the center's 14 computer rooms and computer labs. Cox will also donate production and air time for a monthly one-hour coaches' show promoting Olympic Sports at LSU.
     LSU Chancellor Mark A. Emmert said the partnership between LSU, TAF and Cox will benefit both the campus and local communities. "The Academic Center for Student Athletes will provide a great service to all LSU students," Emmert said. "The University's top priority is academics, and this center will provide additional learning tools to both students-athletes and non-athletes. And partnerships like these enable local community members and businesses to get involved in education and feel like they're a part of the state's flagship university."
Cox Communications of Baton Rouge serves seven parishes in South Louisiana-East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, Ascension, St. James and East Feliciana.
     Cox recently announced its "Diplomacy Initiative," which provides cash and in-kind contributions to LSU and Southern University to promote academic and athletic excellence. Future initiatives will include community colleges in the Cox Baton Rouge service area.
     "Education plays such a key role in shaping the future of our communities," Vines said. "Because of the importance we all place on education, our company has actively sought to assist our local universities and colleges in every way possible."
     Cox Communications is a Fortune 500 Company and is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies, serving 6.2 million customers in more that 20 states. Cox offers an array of services, including Cox Cable; High-Speed Internet Service; advance digital video programming services under the Cox Digital Cable brand; and commercial data services via Cox Business Services. Cox is an investor in programming networks, including Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Outdoor Life and Speedvision.