Support for Internet Access
If you do not have internet access at home, there are several resources available in different communities for assistance with internet access. Availability will vary depending on where you live. In addition, you may be able to add wireless hotspot features to any cellular phone plans you have and many wireless providers are increasing bandwidth caps, or eliminating them altogether. Please contact your wireless carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) for additional details.
- FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. For more information visit: https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/
- Comcast Internet Essentials: Comcast Internet Essentials program offers internet connectivity for $9.95/mo+tax to qualifying families, or for free when participating in the ACP program (see above). You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Application is online at: https://www.internetessentials.com/
- Verizon Affordable Connectivity Program: Verizon offers discounts through the ACP program, including free service for eligible customers. Eligibility information and application details at: https://www.verizon.com/home/promo/affordable-connectivity-program/
- RCN Internet First: RCN is offering 60 free days of their Internet First program (normally $9.95/mo+tax) to qualifying families based on income. Application is online at: https://www.rcn.com/internet-first/
- Massachusetts Lifeline Program: State program to reduce or eliminate the cost of communication services for qualified households. Application is online at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/lifeline-services
- City of Boston’s Wicked Free WiFi: Free wireless in some outdoor areas of Boston which may provide coverage in adjacent buildings. The wireless SSID is WickedFreeWiFi. https://www.boston.gov/departments/innovation-and-technology/how-wicked-free-wi-fi-works
- In addition please check with internet providers with service in your area as companies are rapidly adding new free and low-cost services to support students and families
If none of the options above are available in your area or are not feasible under current circumstances, please reach out firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-259-9400 x4304, and we will work with you to find another solution.