Internet Access

 

• Internet access will be an issue for many families in Kansas.

• Staff and students may lack the resources to connect remotely.

• We encourage districts to reach out to local internet service providers to see what options are available for community members. See document ISP Information as of 03/18/2020 for more information.

• Many cell phone providers are removing the data usage cap for current subscribers. We recommend reaching out to local cell phone providers for how best to relay this information to parents and for instructions on how to utilize cell phones as hotspots.

Internet Service Provider Current Promotions
AT&T

• For 60 days AT&T will not terminate services due to inability to pay

• Waive late payment fees

• Keep public wi-fi hotspots open for any one who needs them

• The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer access for limited incomes households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program (more details here)

Comcast

• Hotspots will be available for anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers

• Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge

• No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company • Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to customers

• More details here

Verizon

• Company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of inability to pay bills

• Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19

• Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning School

• More details here

Sprint

• Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues

• Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances

• Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost

• Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

• Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-cable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost

• More details here

T-Mobile

• All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.

• T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days (feature coming soon)

• Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months

• Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant.

• More details here

 

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/free-wifi-hotspots/103-8002bb36-b9f8-4c32-8801-7da31bfb8449