Internet connectivity and technology supports during COVID-19 response
We have information and resources on connecting to the Internet and accessing technology resources.
This page will be updated frequently with information about resources to support the Internet connectivity and technology needs of Bostonians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
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Special offers for low-income residents
Comcast is offering 60 days of free service to new Internet Essentials customers and free remote installation for those who apply by June 30. It's also increasing service speeds for new and existing customers. Apply for Comcast service.PCs for people
PCs for People offers low-cost Wi-Fi hotspots and computers to qualifying households. They now accept Pell Grant documentation for eligibility for higher education students impacted by COVID related school closures.RCN
The RCN Internet First program is designed to help families and students in low-income households have reliable access to the internet. Apply for RCN service.
Starry is offering free service until the end of May to all current Starry Connect subscribers and anyone who signs up for Starry Connect through June 30. You must live in a building that is currently served by the Starry Connect program.VERIZON
Through the Lifeline Program, Verizon is offering Fios at reduced prices. Apply for Verizon service.
Remote learning supports
Boston Public Schools is working to ensure that students’ remote learning needs are met during their time away from school.
Boston Public Schools is providing Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home:
Boston Public Schools also has a page to provide guidance and resources about remote learning:
We encourage you to explore the options listed on this page if you need assistance accessing Internet service. If further assistance is needed, please contact your child's school directly.
Higher Education Students
If you are a higher education student living in Boston and do not have Internet access, you may qualify for one of the special offers listed on this page. If you do not see what you need here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps Internet Service Providers are taking
Many Internet Service Providers in Boston have signed onto the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. See if your ISP has signed on to this pledge.Signees pledge to:
- Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic
- Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, and
- Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
Nonprofit resources for remote work
Tech Soup has created a list of resources for nonprofit organizations shifting to remote work: