Cox Communications (also known as Cox Cable and formerly Cox Broadcasting Corporation, Dimension Cable Services, and Times-Mirror Cable) is an American company that provides digital cable television, telecommunications, and Home Automation services in the United States. It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States, serving more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers, and almost 3.2 million digital telephone subscribers, making it the seventh-largest telephone carrier in the country. Cox is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd in Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S., in the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is a privately-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.
Cox Enterprises expanded into the cable television industry in 1962 by purchasing a number of cable systems in Lewistown, Lock Haven and Tyrone (all in Pennsylvania), followed by systems in California, Oregon, and Washington. The subsidiary company, Cox Broadcasting Corporation (renamed to Cox Communications in 1982), was not officially formed until 1964 when it was established as a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It was taken private by Cox Enterprises in 1985.
In 1993, Cox began offering telecommunication services to businesses it was the first multiple system cable operator to do so. This eventually grew into Cox Business, which now represents $1 billion in annual revenue. In 1995, Cox acquired the Times Mirror cable properties and as a result, became a publicly-traded company once again. In 2016, Cox Business reached 3 billion in annual revenue.
In 2004, Cox Enterprises announced its intention to purchase those shares of Cox Communications which it did not already own. A $6.6 billion tender offer was completed in December of that year, and Cox Communications has been a wholly-owned subsidiary ever since. This was the second time Cox Communications was taken private by Cox Enterprises.
One of Cox’s marketing trademarks is a fictional animated “spokesman” character named “Digital Max”, used from 2005 through 2008. The phasing out of Digital Max in 2008 was followed by the introduction of the current Cox mascots, the “Digeez”, little digital helpmates featured in many of Cox Communications’ brand commercials.
Cox was held responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers according to December 17, 2015, ruling from a Virginia federal jury. The ISP was found guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and ordered to pay music publisher BMG $25 million in damages. The verdict is likely to be appealed by the company.