Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are providing free or discounted internet connectivity opportunities. The FCC is the government body that regulates Internet Service Providers and digital communications. In March 2020, the FCC mandated that ISP's waive any late fees for internet services. Along with this FCC mandate, many ISP's are offering things like free Wi-Fi hotspots.
See the list below for some of the offerings you can find, and you can visit the the FCC website, https://www.fcc.gov/coronavirus, for any COVID-19 related updates.
- Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
- Charter Free Internet: offers 2 months free Internet; requires calling in to their number and setting up a new account.
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.
- Verizon COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Click here to view the COVID-19 Internet Service Offerings for North Carolina. This information is provided by the NC Department of Information Technology.
Note: The University does not endorse these companies or their services. Individuals should investigate all terms associated with service to decide if it is right for them.