***NEWS ALERT 3/25/2020***
Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Situation: Mobile providers have added options for internet connectivity through their phones. Find more info at these sites:
***NEWS ALERT 3/20/2020***
COMCAST SUSPENDS DATA CAPS, MAKES XFINITY WIFI FREE FOR 60 DAYS
Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Situation: Comcast has suspended data caps; offering their internet essentials program free for new customers for two months; and has also committed to no disconnects or late fees. In addition, 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.
INTERNET ESSENTIALS FROM COMCAST
Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150.00; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person. A household is eligible to participate if it has at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), is located where Comcast offers Internet service, has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days, and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. Families that enroll in the program can continue to enjoy the service as long as one child eligible to participate in the NSLP is living in the household. For more information about Internet Essentials visit InternetEssentials.com for English and InternetBasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at InternetEssentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.
Many businesses and organizations offer free WiFi connectivity. If there is a need after school hours to connect a device, these sites may be considered.