Digital Equity National Programs
Access from AT&T, AT&T offers low-cost wired home internet service to qualifying residents who participate in SNAP. Service options range from $5 – $10 per month.
Connected Nation provides resources to help states and communities create and implement solutions to their broadband and digital technology gaps. Connected Nation develops public-private partnerships to bring technology access to targeted geographies and populations.
Cox Communications, Connect to Compete, provides home internet for $9.95/month for families that have a K-12 student and receive government assistance.
CenturyLink. Discounted Home internet service for $9.95/month.
EveryoneOn helps bring low-cost internet service and affordable devices to those who need it. EveryoneOn works with a wide range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and device providers to feature their low-cost solutions on our platform. List of ISP Partners.
Internet Essentials from Comcast. Comcast offers internet service for $9.95/month to households that have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
Kajeet. Kajeet SmartSpots allow educators to provide students CIPA-compliant, 4G-LTE internet access outside the classroom so they can complete their required assignments and homework. Kajeet also offers SmartBus, Wi-Fi internet access on the bus. In 2019, Kajeet launched the #ConnectEdNow campaign as a carrier-agnostic nationwide campaign in partnership with districts and states to connect all students caught in the Homework Gap.
Lifeline. The FCC’s Lifeline program provides millions of families with discounted monthly telephone service. On March 31, 2016, the FCC voted to modernize the program to include broadband access. For the first time, Lifeline will support stand-alone broadband service as well as bundled voice and data service packages to help provide low-income Americans with access. In addition, for the first time, Lifeline has an option to purchase for an entire building. Plus, the FCC is developing a Digital Inclusion Plan.
Microsoft Airband Initiative TheMicrosoft Airband Initiative, they have established partnerships in 16 states that will bring broadband connectivity to more than 1 million rural residents who currently lack access. Through these partnerships, they have demonstrated that fixed wireless technologies including TV white spaces technologies, alongside traditional fiber optic and satellite coverage, can be the most cost-effective way to expand broadband availability in rural communities.
Mobile Beacon. Mobile Beacon provides 4G LTE internet service, technology grants, and device donation programs to schools, libraries, and nonprofits. By significantly lowering the cost of mobile broadband access, schools and other anchor institutions have been able to create hotspot lending programs, deploy WiFi on school buses, and enable anytime/anywhere access with uncapped data plans to support learning on and off campus. Recent research papers are available to provide more information about how this service has benefited schools as well as students and their families previously on the wrong side of the digital divide.
National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE) works to eliminate the digital divide as a barrier to economic and educational opportunity. Specifically, they work to assist learners to develop the skills for lifelong learning and living wage career opportunity.
SHLB works to ensure that every community has affordable, high-capacity broadband connectivity to the internet through its community anchor institutions (CAIs). The ABC program recommends policy measures to encourage all broadband providers to deploy fiber and wireless broadband networks efficiently and to make those services available to the public at affordable prices through community anchor institutions.
Spectrum Internet Assist. Qualified households can receive high-speed 30 Mbps Internet with no data caps and in-home Wi-Fi for an additional $5 per month. A member of the household must be a recipient of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or Supplemental Security Income ( ≥ age 65 only).
Sprint 1 Million Project. The project aims to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.
T-Mobile -The EmpowerED 2.0 program aims to narrow America’s digital divide by providing wireless devices and service plans to eligible schools and their students. Think this program would benefit students in your school or district? Tell us how.