Net Connectivity All Through Covid-19 Pandemic

We apprehend that now not all college students in Maine have access to the net and we are operating unexpectedly to cope with this. Some corporations are supplying unfastened net access alternatives for a restricted time to assist promote connectivity for far off gaining knowledge of. Nationally, many internet agencies have signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge which lets in for flexibility and payment waivers, as well as unfastened get entry to to broadband services for a restricted time. 

  •  Charter has supplied unfastened Spectrum broadband and WiFi get right of entry to for 60 days to households with K-12/college college students who do not have already got a Spectrum broadband subscription.
  • The FCC has launched a handful of partners inclusive of all Maine net providers:  AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, FirstLight, GWI, TDS Telecom, TMobile, TracFone Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon. 
  • Comcast: Individuals that sign up for Internet Essentials will acquire two free months of Internet carrier in case you observe and are approved with the aid of Decemeber 31, 2020. There is not any term contract or credit score test. Qualifications and further information are to be had right here:
  • AT&T: Offers the “Access Program” which presents low-fee domestic net to qualifying households for $five-10 a month, no deposit or set up rate. AT&T is expanding eligibility based on incomeand to households taking part in National School Lunch Program/Head Start. Qualifications and further details are available right here: admission to/

For districts looking for an internet platform to offer real-time coaching, numerous organizations have provided their sources without spending a dime.

  • Zoom is presently supplying K-12 schools get admission to to video conferencing at no cost. There is the choice to provide actual-time coaching and file instructions and add them to Google Classroom or Blackboard. Learn greater here.
  • WebEx is presently imparting its video conferencing structures to K-12 teachers without cost. Learn greater here.
  • RingCentral Office is presently providing its platform without spending a dime to K-12 educators at no cost. Learn extra here.

We are communicating with nearby businesses to greater specifically pick out regions and we can continue to replace this facts as we learn more.  We encourage SAU’s that desire to use internet platforms for faraway mastering to touch their nearby service companies to analyze more about connectivity availability alternatives presently.

We are devoted to assisting universal connectivity in Maine and could hold to replace you as greater options emerge as available. 

Press Release from Senator King (published three/sixteen/20) – As Students Face Coronavirus Threat to Health and Educational Efforts, Senators King and Colleagues Push to Ensure Connectivity

Charter Expands Broadband Access (PDF) (three/18/2020)

FCC Release: Keep America Connected (PDF) (three/18/2020)

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