Senior discount cable program gets start in St. Charles

June 17, 2011 at 10:55 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

St. Charles is the first parish in the state where Cox Communications will offer discounts to low-income seniors on their basic cable service.

The program, called the Senior Assistance Plan, means that seniors 60 years of age and older with an annual household income under $24,000 will get a 25 percent discount on basic cable service.

Basic cable service cost around $20 a month, so it means that qualified residents will save about $4 or $5 a month.
“Or you can say that they will pay for nine months, but get three months free,” Brad Grundmeyer, Cox spokesman, said.

Seniors receiving Cox’s basic cable lineup will get access to 24 channels, including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Some other channels included in the lineup are The Weather Channel, WGN, BET, TBS, Home Shopping Network, QVC and C-SPAN.

Steve Sawyer, the public affairs director of Cox, said that the company had gotten calls in the past from seniors interested in a discounted service. That led to the creation of the program.

Because the parish has to get involved to make the program work, Sawyer said that St. Charles has been the only government in the New Orleans metro area that stepped up to the plate so far.

The Senior Assistance Plan is a partnership between Cox, the St. Charles Parish government and the Department of Community Services. Applications may be picked up at the Department of Community Services, which is located at 14564 River Road in New Sarpy. Applications may also be picked up at the Cox Service Center, located at 4 Storehouse Lane in Destrehan.

Customers can also call Cox Customer Service at (504)304-8444 to request  that an application be mailed to them.

The Department of Community Services examines all applications to determine if the applicant meets the requirements for eligibility.

“Cox believes the Senior Assistance Program is a valuable way that Cox can assist those people most in need,” said Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Louisiana. “Cox is led by a belief in investing in the communities we serve and we truly believe that no other group is more important to aid than our seniors.

“We are proud to offer this program in St. Charles Parish.”

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