EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunities by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has facilitated access to affordable technology solutions--in-home internet service, desktops and laptops--and free digital literacy training through their offer locator tool, cross-sector partnerships, and local programming efforts. Please note, while normally our recommended first stop in learning about available options and offerings, they are currently unable to maintain their search for offers listings based on changing Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) offers during this time period. They suggest visiting http://bit.ly/digcltisp, which houses links to offers by various ISPs.
Some known local area ISPs and their most recent offers as well as information about Lifeline are listed below.
Lifeline is a federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service. Lifeline typically provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also supports broadband Internet access service and broadband-voice bundles. To apply for Lifeline, a consumer must use the National Verifier application system at: CheckLifeline.org.Once the National Verifier has confirmed your eligibility to receive Lifeline service, you may then select a service provider.
Internet Essentials or call: 855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)
Comcast has recently increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials home internet service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps. Additionally, eligible households who enroll now will be provided with free service for their first 60 days. As a reminder, Internet Essentials provides a $9.95 per month home internet service exclusively to low-income households.
Update: Comcast announced late Friday, 3/13/2020 that it is suspending enforcement of its data cap and overage fees for 60 days during the coronavirus pandemic.
Comcast is also making its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free for anyone to use. Millions of the hotspots are scattered throughout the country; you can find hotspot locations at wifi.xfinity.com.
Spectrum or call: 844-488-8395
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 at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call or go to their Spectrum Internet Assist website. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds up to 30 Mbps
Charter has opened up its Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use / in our area Charter partners with Comcast so only offers some of the same Xfinity locations https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots.html
Sprint and T-Mobile are supporting current customers by:
Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18)
Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18)
Waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries (effective 3/17)
AT&T or call: 855-220-5211
Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo (plus taxes) thereafter, depending on your speed.
Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start
Waiving all home internet data overage fees
No term commitment
No installation fee
In-home Wi-Fi modem included
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