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Low Cost Home Internet Options

Tech for Ed Low Cost Home InternetWe know that the "digital divide" between low income and more affluent students is a real and significant issue that needs to be addressed as Jeffco Public Schools moves forward with a district-level 1:1 program.

The Chromebooks being used by the majority of our schools have an offline option where students will be able to work on Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides without an internet connection. Learn more about how to work in offline mode.

 

Low-Cost Options

  • Comcast Internet Essentials is offering the first two months free of their Internet Essentials package through December 31, 2020. You have to be eligible (most families who qualify for free and reduced lunches will be), live in the Comcast service area, and have not had Comcast service in the past 90 days. After the free period, the monthly cost is just $9.95/month + taxes. Read more on their website. You can also call 1-855-846-8376.

    • Comcast has waived the restriction on getting this deal if you have outstanding balance with Comcast in the past year. If you applied but were denied for this reason, please apply again.

    • Over the summer, Comcast also changed its requirements around the identification needed to sign up for an account. Please check with them for more information.

  • Xfinity has announced an Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone program. Through it, non-residential Xfinity hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free. Search for a hotspot near you and then follow the instructions Xfinity provides to connect for free.

  • Century Link is offering a $9.95 discount on internet packages to qualifying families. You can read more about their Lifeline program on their website or fill out the request form in English or Spanish.

Free Internet Options

 

Mobile Internet Options

Finally, many cell phone service providers offer the option to have your phone act as a "hot spot" for internet access. You would need to contact your cell phone service provider for more information about availability and cost for this option.

Here are the instructions for using a hot spot:

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