Free Internet Resources

FREE & LOW COST INTERNET FOR FAMILIES 

In response to the mandated shutdown, many companies are offering resources at a free or reduced cost. Check the following websites for updates as companies add more offers. 

RCN: Lifeline Internet Program for Students K-12 

In April, we announced the availability of our Internet First program and special offer. RCN is extending that program through June 30, 2020.  


The Internet First program is affordable internet designed to help students in low-income households in our service areas to have reliable access to the internet. It enables them to home school, do homework, and access educational resources and more.  

Those wishing to apply can visit internetfirst.com.



Service Electric:
"Keep America Connected" pledge - to not terminate service to any residential or small business due to the inability to pay their bill. Waive late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic. Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to everyone. SECTV will also offer free 10x5 Internet service for 90 days for new customers.

AT&T:
Offering open wifi hotspots to public, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.

Comcast:
Offering free basic internet services to new customers for 60 days, free access to it’s Xfinity hotspots for everyone including non-subscribers for 60 days, and
unlimited data to current customers for no extra charge. 

Sprint:
Following FCC agreement; providing unlimited data to existing customers and allowing all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile:
Following FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs through May 13, 2020. 

Metro by T-Mobile is offering multiple low-cost plans.

Verizon:
Signed onto the FCC’s new “Keep Americans Connected” pledge. Verizon’s new customer commitment will help ensure connectivity and offer assistance to customers and small businesses facing challenges from the global crisis.

Xfinity Wifi Hotspots:
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. To find an Xfinity WiFi hotspot, check the hotspot location map at wifi.xfinity.com or download the Xfinity WiFi hotspots app from the App Store or Google Play.


Please also note that the FCC has relaxed their gift rules, making it easier for schools and libraries to solicit or accept broadband connections, devices networking equipment or other things of value that could help students and teachers affected by school closures. View the FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment and open hot-spots.

These rules will remain in effect through September 30, 2020.