Finding Internet Access
Last updated January 24, 2021
As this crisis unfolds, new resources emerge every day. We are constantly updating this and other pages as news breaks.
Internet access is an essential commodity under quarantine. Whether you’re trying to adapt to your school’s switch to distance learning, trying to find a job, need to use the internet to access other key educational resources, or just stay in contact with friends and loved ones, here are a few ways to get free access to the internet.
Comcast and Spectrum are making their public Wi-Fi HOTSPOTS free nationwide
As part of their response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Comcast and Spectrum are making all of their public Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.S. free to use - even if you don’t have a Comcast or Spectrum subscription. Their hotspots are typically located in dense urban areas, parks, and malls. Click here for a map of all available hotspots from Comcast.
Comcast is offering free $150 prepaid visa gift cards for eligible college students in areas that Comcast serves
To get your $150, sign up at www.xfinity.com/student for this select offer. Per Comcast, within a few days you’ll get an internet self-install kit, and then in just a few weeks later you’ll receive a $150 Visa prepaid card with a value of about two months of internet service. The $150 is available to college students who live in households that are not already Xfinity users, through June 15th.
Several internet providers are offering free HOME internet service to students
Comcast is providing its Internet Essentials wi-fi service free of charge for all qualifying low-income families for the next two months (normally it’s $9.95/month). If you or your family receive SNAP, free lunch, medicaid, or social security benefits - your family qualifies. Spectrum, an internet service provider, is similarly offering free Wi-Fi and broadband service to any students who don’t currently use their service.
Struggling with phone bills or data caps? T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and Xfinity have promised to halt service terminations and waive late payment fees for individuals affected by COVID-19
Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are also temporarily significantly increasing data usage caps.
Need help finding reliable internet, phone, or data service near you? Text “Hello” to 33-55-77 and we’ll help connect you to resources near you.