Free Internet Access

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

    • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

    • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Hotspots from the Anacortes School District

Hotspot Checkout for ASD Students

Hotspots are limited and will be prioritized and provided to families in the following order:

  1. families receiving services under the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act

  2. families qualifying for free or reduced price meals from the National School Lunch Program

  3. families that have extenuating circumstances and do not have internet at home

  4. families that have limited bandwidth from their existing internet provider

  5. families that have internet at home and also have extenuating circumstances that requires mobility (ie student in daycare where there is limited access, student attending school in a location outside of the home)

To make your request, please complete the Hotspot Request form.

Note: T-Mobile provides coverage to most of Fidalgo Island, some areas may work better than others. Please check T-Mobile's Coverage Map to see if a hotspot will work where you live.

Internet Providers in Anacortes, WA

Low-Cost Internet Providers

There are several local providers offering free or low-cost Internet. To learn more about these programs, please visit:

WIFI Hotspot Providers

No cable or DSL in your neighborhood? No problem! These carriers provide Internet service using cell phone networks.

WIFI Islands

Free Internet Access for Students Provided by Your Neighbors

Anacortes School District families are opening up their home WIFI networks to their neighbors. Look for the ASD103-BeOurGuest network the next time you connect. Use the interactive map below to find a WIFI island near you.

Have WIFI to Share?

Fill out the form below and we'll add your Guest Network to our interactive map.