Technology Access

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This page contains a list of organizations and programs that increase access to technology. Please note: inclusion of an organization or program in this list does not indicate an endorsement by Wayne RESA. This page is for informational purposes only.

  • EveryoneOn
    • EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunities by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has facilitated access to affordable technology solutions–in-home internet service, desktops and laptops–and free digital literacy trainings through our offer locator tool, cross-sector partnerships, and local programming efforts. We work closely with schools, public housing communities, and other diverse organizations to facilitate internet adoption.
  • Wide Open School
    • Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. Recognizing that there are millions of kids without home broadband and/or computers, leaving them without access to critical learning and support services, offers many resources to help close this digital divide.
  • Comcast
    • Comcast has increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials home internet service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps. Additionally, households who enroll now will be eligible for 60 days of complimentary service. The formal announcement is available here. As a reminder, Internet Essentials provides $9.95 per month home internet service exclusively to low-income households. Update: Comcast announced late Friday, 3/13/2020 that it is suspending enforcement of its data cap and overage fees for 60 days during the coronavirus pandemic. Comcast is also making its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free for anyone to use. Millions of the hotspots are scattered throughout the country; you can find hotspot locations here.
  • Spectrum Internet Assist
    • In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students or teachers can get 60 days of free access with a Spectrum Internet account.
      • For households with teachers or students from kindergarten to college
      • Limited to new accounts who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription
      • Free installation options available
      • In addition, Spectrum WiFi hotspots will be open for public use.
      • Find out if access from Spectrum is in your area.
  • FCC’s Lifeline Program
    • Put in your zip code and find low-cost options from providers in your area.
  • Charter
    • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • AT&T
    • In response to the public health crisis, Access from AT&T is temporarily: offering two months of free service to new customers who order Access by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed. Eligibility has been expanded based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start. All home internet data overage fees being waived. Find out if access from AT&T is in your area: Click here.
  • T-MOBILE
    • Participating schools can receive up to $200 per student to put toward mobile internet devices, including hotspots, laptops, and tablets.
    • 24-month service agreement required. See full terms
    • Sign a two-year contract on a qualifying unlimited plan for $20/month
    • During congestion, the small fraction of customers using >50GB/mo. may notice reduced speeds until the next bill cycle due to data prioritization. Video typically streams on smartphone/tablet at 480p. Unlimited on our network.
    • Reliable service and support.
    • Count on planning, implementation, deployment support, and content filtering to help prevent access to inappropriate content.

Additional Resources

  • Guide For Schools & Students: Programs For Free Internet, Computers And Tech
    • Learn how your local schools can apply for grants for internet to help close the homework gap. Find discounted internet for households with K-12 students.
  • Kajeet
    • As education goes digital, schools and districts must navigate a new suite of responsibilities. From closing the Homework Gap to ensuring testing centers stay online, ed tech needs are everywhere. Kajeet helps keep K-12 students, schools, and districts connected.
  • The 1Million Project
    • The 1Million Project’s mission is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.