Wi-Fi options for students without existing internet
Students without existing internet at home may get connectivity in one of three ways:
- Using carrier provided hot-spots wherever available (Xfinity, AT&T, etc.)
- Requesting Comcast or Charter service at their residence at no charge for 60 days (see links below for details)
- Enabling hot-spot functionality on their existing mobile phones (T-Mobile, Sprint have said this would be at no additional charge; other providers may charge a fee)
According to an agreement with the FCC, Wi-Fi providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. The following support has also been announced in response to COVID-19:
- Comcast: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
- Charter/Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- AT&T: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families
- Verizon: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge
- 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