Broadband Access & COVID-19

Charter Offers Free WiFi to Students Locked out of Schools During Coronavirus Panic

Charter Communications is offering free broadband access for 60 days to any household with K–12 or college students affected by COVID-19 closings.

According to information released by the company, “As the country works collaboratively to contain this pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.”

Charter operates in 41 states and serves some 29 million customers. The offer applies to households that “do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription….”

In addition, Charter said it is partnering with school districts “to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.”

The company is also opening its WiFi hotspots throughout its coverage area for public use.

The offer begins today, March 16. Those interested in taking advantage of the offer can call 1-844-488-8395.

Find more resources for schools during the COVID-19 crisis here.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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