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Spring 2020 Home Internet Access

Many internet companies are expanding WiFi and hotspot coverage. We've compiled a list to assist with some options for students, faculty and staff with the shift to online/virtual learning and remote work.


AT&T is keeping their public WiFi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.

They're also offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T Program.

Additional details can be found here.

Comcast Xfinity

Comcast is opening their Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data.

  • Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots here. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
  • Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers.

Additional details can be found here.

Charter Spectrum Free WiFi

Charter is offering similar services during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 16, the company will offer:

  • Free spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Open WiFi hotspots.

Additional details can be found here.


Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up their network to their customers and:

  • By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost.
  • Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
  • Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.

Additional details can be found here.


The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.

  • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
  • Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
  • Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant

Additional details can be found here.


Eduroam (education roaming) allows users from participating academic institutions across the globe secure Internet access at any eduroam-enabled institution. Currently, eduroam is available at thousands of colleges and universities across more than 50 countries. This service allows you to travel to any of these colleges or universities and connect securely to the internet.

Additional details can be found here.

Note: Information on this page has been updated as of March 20, 2020.

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