Broadband Access & COVID-19
Charter Offers Free WiFi to Students Locked out of Schools During Coronavirus Panic
Communications is offering free broadband access for 60 days to
any household with K–12 or college students affected by COVID-19
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
Charter operates in 41
states and serves some 29 million customers. The offer applies to
households that “do not already have a Spectrum broadband
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
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
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 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.
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