On March 13th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Keep Americans Connected Pledge, calling on broadband and telephone service providers to maintain and improve connectivity as the US confronts COVID-19. To date, more than 500 companies have signed on agreeing to waive late fees and to maintain service.
Students who find themselves working off-campus with limited internet access can take advantage of opportunities that range from lifted data restrictions, some number of free months of service for new customers, waived overages and/or broadly available hotspots.
Xfinity will make WiFi hotspots across the country available to anyone who needs them at no cost.
Comcast, owned by Xfinity, will make it easier for low-income families in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service.
AT&T will keep public WiFi hotspots open for anyone who needs them. It has also pledged to waive all wireless data overage fees and will not cancel service for non-payment over the next 60 days.