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Access & the Internet: Providers Giving Students a Break

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. 

Charter Spectrum is offering 60 days of free broadband.

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.

Check out this list to find your current provider, or another, get connected!