Wi-Fi options for students without existing internet

Students without existing internet at home may get connectivity in one of three ways:

  1. Using carrier provided hot-spots wherever available (Xfinity, AT&T, Spectrum, etc.)
  2. Requesting standard or low-cost Comcast or AT&T service at their residence (see links below for details)
  3. Enabling hot-spot functionality on their existing mobile phones (providers may charge a fee)
  • Comcast: Eligible new customers will receive 60 days of Internet Essentials service, the nation’s largest, most comprehensive internet adoption program for low-income households, without charge. 
  • AT&T: Automatically waiving home Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet customers through September 30. New and existing Fiber and Internet customers can use unlimited data and won’t see overage charges on their home Internet bill through September 30.  $10/month plans to low-income families.  
  • Verizon: New Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program will receive a $20 per month discount on their home Internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program, bringing the cost to as low as $19.99 per month for 200/200 Mbps internet with no data caps. New registrations will be accepted for the remainder of 2020.
  • T-Mobile: follows 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
  • Cox: Cox Connect2Compete affordable internet program, household must have at least one K-12 student and participate in a government assistance program.* Applicants may need to provide documentation for eligibility.