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Low-Cost Internet Options Available For Students
Posted on: 03/04/2021
As the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) continues to offer the majority of courses remotely in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access will be required for participation in many class activities. Several organizations provide low-cost Internet access to students. As a courtesy, contact information for several providers is provided below for your consideration.
First, check with your local public library or check LA County Hotspot locator here.
LACCD and LASC does not endorse, recommend, or in any way profit from this information and cannot be held liable for its accuracy or the terms for such services, whether free or charged thereafter. There may be additional low-cost offers from other organizations that may have similar offerings.
All faculty, students, staff and the public should make their own informed decision by carefully reading the information on the companies’ websites or call them for more details.
AT&T is expanding the Access from AT&T program, which provides home internet access to qualifying California households with at least one resident who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for $10 a month. AT&T does not charge a fee to apply or process applications and no deposit is required to establish Internet service under the program. Additionally, in response to COVID-19, Access from AT&T is temporarily:
- Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in the National School Lunch Program/Head Start.
- Waiving all home internet data overage fees.
- For families who are looking for access to the Internet for distance learning: AT&T is offering an affordable way to stay connected with Internet service for $10/month and expanded eligibility requirements.
For more details, please go to https://www.att.com/internet/access or call 1-855-220-5211
CollegeBuys is a nonprofit program of the Foundation for California Community Colleges that provides low-cost hardware, software, and Internet services to students. Information regarding their low-cost Internet access may be found at https://shop.collegebuys.org/4g-wireless-network-c144.aspx.
FCC Lifeline Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sponsors a nationwide program called “Lifeline” that partners with commercial phone and Internet providers to provide low-cost services to people who meet their eligibility criteria. A description of the Lifeline program may be found at https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/lifeline-support-affordable-communications. You may also check your eligibility and search for local providers at https://www.lifelinesupport.org/.
EveryoneOn is a public awareness campaign organization that partners with the FCC to provide low-cost Internet services to qualifying families. https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers
Human-I-T is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides low-cost technology and Internet access to individuals and households with low incomes. https://www.human-i-t.org/request-internet
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast provides low-cost Internet Services and low-cost computers for people who meet eligibility criteria. https://www.internetessentials.com
Spectrum Internet Assist
Spectrum provides low-cost Internet Services and low-cost computers for people who participate in a designated Federal assistance program. https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html