How to Tackle Local Connectivity Issues
Many communities lack large-scale access to broadband services, and many districts have not yet explored learning management systems to facilitate digital learning. We are including the resources below for your information only. Always do your own research before deciding if any vendor product is a fit for your school or community.
- T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s EmpowerED 2.0 program works with districts to offer WiFi in communities.
- Access by AT&T: A low-cost wireless home internet plan for low-income households at $5-$10 per month.
- Cox Internet: Cox is offering to fast-track the qualification process for their Connect2Compete program. Schools should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of eligible low-income students who currently do not have an internet connection. Cox will assist in getting students qualified quickly so they can continue learning from home. Cox has also partnered with PCs for People, which allows families to purchase discounted, refurbished computers.
- Kajeet: Kajeet has expanded its Distance Learning Bundles to include flexible service terms and higher data amounts per month, minimizing costs to schools and increasing data plan sizes to accommodate heavier student data usage throughout the day.
- Everyoneon.org: A nonprofit working to make high-speed, low-cost internet service and computers accessible to all unconnected Americans. Resources can be searched by zip code.
- FCC’s Lifeline: Provides monthly discounts on internet access for eligible low-income subscribers.
- Comcast: Comcast’s Internet Essentials offers reduced-price internet access for families on public assistance programs.