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Cox Communications cutting call center jobs

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Cox Communications is centralizing its call center operations, a move that will eliminate 246 jobs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette but lead to 150 new positions at its Baton Rouge operations.

The net loss to Cox's operations in the state is 96 jobs.

The company is setting up seven "Centers of Excellence" nationwide that will focus on matters such as account services, sales and technical support. Baton Rouge will be a center of excellence in technical support. Some other cities with the centers are Las Vegas, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Hampton Roads, Va.

Sharon Bethea, a spokeswoman for Cox, says the switch to centralized operations is aimed at making them operate more effectively, achieving standardization and improving responsiveness.

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