Charter Internet Assistance
Charter Communication announced it 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 subscription. The news comes on the heels of the arrival of coronavirus in communities throughout the country, and concerns over transmission of the virus. A service of up to 100 megabytes per second will be provided.
The offer begins Monday, March 16. Those interested in enrolling are asked to call 844.488.8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will also open Wi-Fi hot spots across its footprint for public use.
Comcast Internet Assistance
As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.
Additionally, 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. That increase will go into effect automatically for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. "During this extraordinary time, it is vital that as many Americans as possible stay connected to the internet – for education, work, and personal health reasons,” Dave Watson, Comcast Cable Chief Executive Officer.