How to Get Connected
As schools shift to online learning, all students need internet access now. Our staff contacted these companies to better understand the available options. Here are our recommendations:
Some internet providers have hotspots located in buildings and public places, but you usually need to be a subscriber to get access. Xfinity and Spectrum are now opening up these connections throughout their service area so that anyone, whether you subscribe or not, can connect.
Connect to the internet with your smartphone and data plan using these step-by-step instructions. However, be sure to contact your mobile carrier to find out if data charges will apply if you use your phone as a hotspot. They might waive this or give you more data.
This is a federal program and legitimate option if you meet the criteria (i.e. your income, if you use SNAP or Medicaid, etc.). You’ll have to provide documents that prove you’re eligible. Once you qualify, you’ll have access to lower prices for phone and internet services. Call them at 800-234-9473 or visit Lifeline's website to apply. Some internet providers (like Verizon) may ask you to show you’re Lifeline eligible to use their low-cost or free options.
Xfinity Internet Essentials (855-846-8376)
Internet Essentials, Xfinity's low-cost option, provides two months of free internet service to new customers who apply by April 30.