And like the deal with the Spectrum Co. cable companies Cox will have the option in the future to resell Verizon Wireless service under its own brand. Cox will also join in the innovation technology joint venture that Verizon said it will establish with the Spectrum Co. cable operators.
Cox obtained its 20 MHz of Advanced Wireless Spectrum as one of the original Spectrum Co. partners. But after the auction, the company left the consortium and had planned to build its own wireless network. The company struck a deal with Sprint Nextel and began reselling wireless phone service in 2010.
In a statement, Cox President Pat Esser said the agreement with Verizon will provide Cox customers with access to a mobile network.
"These agreements provide Cox customers with key enablers to mobility, such as access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network and iconic wireless devices," Esser said in a statement. "We look forward to the many benefits this will bring to customers."