Internet Access Resources
Internet providers Xfinity & Comcast are offering assistance for the families of students who don’t have an internet connection at home.
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
Your Mobile Phone Data Plan
Several cell phone providers are offering unlimited data to their customers during the pandemic. If your plan and phone allow it, you can set up your phone as a WiFi hotspot and connect other devices, such as student Chromebooks, to it. Check with your provider. An important question to ask: “Is data speed throttled after a certain amount of data is used?”
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials package to qualifying households for two months starting March 16, 2020. This program is normally available for $9.95/mo. In addition to making the service free, they are significantly increasing download speeds for Internet Essentials customers.
Cost: Free for two months. Cancel or continue as a paying customer after that. No term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment.
- New customers only
- Household must have students in grades K-12 and/or college
- One or more members of household must be eligible for public assistance programs such as:
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (Fee/Reduced Price Lunch)
- Housing Assistance
How to apply:
- Apply online at https://www.internetessentials.com/.
- To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American SignLanguage. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
- The site also includes an offer for low price computers.
What you receive: In 7-10 days you will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem with a WiFi router.