Internet Service Providers

The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The FCC adopted an emergency program on February 25. For your information:

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) Report and Order is available at:

The State Educational Technology Director’s Association comments are cited on pg. 55 (Footnote 345) and pg. 65 (Footnote 386).

The FCC has also created a fact sheet that describes key components of the program, which you can find at:

Commercial offers and specials

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Consolidated Communications - NH K-12 students two months of free home Internet service + free installation.

Consolidated is pleased to be able to offer your students two months of free home Internet service, including free installation for those who don’t currently have Consolidated service.

Federal Communications Commission - Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications $9.25 discount on internet service through participating ISPs

Lifeline typically provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also supports broadband Internet access service and broadband-voice bundles. FCC rules prohibit more than one Lifeline service per household.

Comcast Xfinity - Internet Essentials program $9.95/mo. for up to 15 Mbps

In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

Spectrum - Internet Assist Program $14.99/mo. for up to 30 Mbps

One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP, Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

Programs that do not qualify for Spectrum Internet Assist: Social Security Disability (SSD), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Social Security Retirement and Survivor Benefits are different from Supplemental Security Income and do NOT meet eligibility requirements.

Cox - Connect2Compete $9.95/month, first month free

Now through 5/15/2020, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter. Phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs. Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People. A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access.

AT&T - Access Program $10.00/month for 10 mbps; $5.00/month 3 Mbps

AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), with an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area, at which we offer wireline home Internet service, and without outstanding debt for AT&T fixed Internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program.

Mediacom - Connect2Compete $9.95/mo. for up to 10 Mbps

Connect2Compete program partners with EveryoneOn to offer inexpensive internet for students eligible for the NSLP. The program includes a 10 Mbps internet connection and Wi-Fi modem for $9.95 per month.

Free Internet services

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Free Internet Services:


NetZero offers customers up to 10 hours of free dial-up internet use every month. The connection requires a home phone line, and it’s limited to data speeds of around 56 Kbps (about half of 1 Mbps). It’s not a fast enough connection for online gaming or streaming video content, but it’ll do for basic messaging, email, and web browsing if you’re patient.

Freedom Pop

FreedomPop also has a few options for free internet service. The company offers both free mobile phone service and free home internet service via 4G LTE connections. The high-speed internet claims to be faster than DSL (and definitely faster than dial-up), but you’re limited to 1 GB of data per month.

Other service providers

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