Getting & Staying
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Local Resources for Internet Access
Comcast / Xfinity
For families in their service area, Comcast / Xfinity is offering two free months of “Internet Essentials” access (normally $10 a month). Phone 855-846-8376 or go tohttps://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for details
Federal Lifeline Program
Consolidated Communications, Inc. (CCI) offers a Lifeline Program for eligible low income residential subscribers at their primary residence. The Lifeline Program is a government benefit program. Eligible subscribers can apply a monthly $7.25 federal Lifeline Program discount to a voice service OR a $9.25 federal Lifeline Program discount to a qualifying Internet service. In some states, an additional monthly voice discount is also available. You can learn more here.
Vermont COVID-19 Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP)
The Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (“LECAP”) provides up to $3000 in assistance to qualifying and eligible consumers who seek to extend telecommunications lines to their homes. Hundreds of Vermonters without 25/3 Mbps broadband service live just beyond the reach of current cable and other Internet Service Providers’ networks. Learn more here.
VTel & VTel Wireless
VTEL Wireless - For families in their service area, VTel is offering WiFi hotspot service. You can learn more about VTel's availability here: https://www.vtelwireless.com/search-for-availability/
Verizon will offer two months of waived internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and a new affordable internet option for low-income households, starting April 3.
WNESU has a limited number of hotspot devices available, and will offer those to families who have exhausted all other options. Scroll down to Free WiFi Hotspots through Kajeet for more information.
Vermont Department of Public Service - Connectivity Resources: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/new-connectivity-resources-support-you-during-covid-19-state-emergency-vermont
Public WIFI Hotspot Map: https://vtpsd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c926d155167d4a5586e8e1aca1701cfa
Free WiFi Hotspots
We are offering a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who do not have internet access at home. Both the device and the monthly service fees are fully paid by the district. The program is intended to help WNESU students access critical online resources at home and to help bridge the broadband inequity between our students. The borrowing limit is one hotspot per household. Hotspots are not meant for general browsing, just getting on and grabbing assignments.