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We are here to help you. Here is a list of providers who are providing offers to wireless networks or discounts on computers during this constantly-changing situation. This page will be updated as we receive new information.
Here are a few options for home Internet access we have found in the area. The information is still active as of last check on December 7, 2020; however, please note that some offers are set to expire as of December 31, 2020.
NOTE: These are not endorsements, just options we have found to be available.
Access from AT&T provides low-cost internet service for eligible households.*
Free installation and in-home Wi-Fi®
No annual contract
Internet service for $10/mo. or less based on the maximum speed available at your address up to 25Mbps. LIMITED-TIME OFFER**
*Access from AT&T provides wireline Home Internet to limited income households who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in California. You’ll receive the maximum speed available at your address. Includes a data allowance of 150GB or 1TB depending on speed available in your area. $10 charge for each additional 50GB.
**For a limited time, Access from AT&T customers at locations with available AT&T Internet speeds above 10Mbps are eligible for a speed upgrade up to 25Mbps. See details
As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to make it easier to connect low-income families to home Internet.
New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service if you apply and are approved by December 31, 2020. After promotion, regular rates apply.
For all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. We are waiving this qualification if you apply and are approved by 12/31/20. After 12/31/20, standard eligibility rules apply.
According to a December 8, 2020 news release from the Houston Mayor’s Office, Comcast has announced plans to equip nine City of Houston Community Centers with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” before the end of 2020.
The spaces will allow students to work on laptops simultaneously so they can participate in distance learning. This initiative provides free connectivity inside partner community centers for the next three years, according to the city’s website.
Participating City of Houston Lift Zone sites include:
As part of its effort to keep customers connected, Verizon will extend availability of the current $20 discount through 2020 and waive the first 60 days of router rental charges for new customers.
New Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program will receive a $20 per month discount on their home internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program, bringing the cost to as low as $19.99 per month for 200/200 Mbps internet with no data caps. New registrations will be accepted for the remainder of 2020.
Many wireless carriers offer Wi-Fi hotspot access to their own customers; however, if you are not a customer there are other options. Various businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, and others offer free Wi-Fi hotspots as part of their amenities.
Did you know Facebook can help you find hotspots near you? The Facebook mobile app is actually one of the easiest ways to find free Wi-Fi if you already have the app installed. To use Facebook to find free internet, open the More menu and then tap Find Wi-Fi (You might have to tap See More at the bottom to show it). If there aren't Wi-Fi networks where you're currently located, find a different area on the map and tap Search this area to look for free internet there. Switch between List and Map view for different ways to view the results.
Be Cyber Smart! Free, open wireless networks may pose a security risk. Always ensure your computer's firewall is turned on and you have anti-virus software installed to help prevent any unexpected intrusions.
Did you know there are several computers available for under $400, some even under $300? Check out these deals: