Internet service providers, cellular carriers offer free and discounted services

An agreement with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has prompted internet service providers and cell carriers to offer free or discounted services. Companies are waiving late fees and service cutoff, and creating open wireless internet hot-spots.


  • ComcastOffers free Wi-Fi for two months to low-income families, plus all Xfinity hotspots are free to the public during this time.
  • Charter Free Internet: Households with college students or educators are eligible for free internet for 60 days.


Phone, data and hotspots

  • Boost Mobile: Customers currently on a tiered or unlimited data plan (including Wi-Fi hotspot plans) with Boost Mobile, will automatically receive an additional 20 gigabytes of mobile hotspot through April 30, 2020. Learn more about their mobile hotspot add-ons.
  • AT&T: Offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing internet customers, and $5/month or $10/month plans to low income families. Select pre-paid plans are temporarily receiving an extra 10 gigabytes of data through AT&T's promotions. To turn your AT&T device into a mobile hotspot, follow these steps.
  • Verizon: Waiving two months of service costs for existing low-income customers and offering new plans for new customers. From March 25 through April 30, wireless consumer and small business customers will see an additional 15GB of data added to their plan for no additional charge. To turn your Verizon device into a mobile hotspot, follow these steps.
  • Sprint: Unlimited data for existing customers and an extra 20 gigabytes for hotspots for 60 days at no extra charge. Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot  will get 20 gigabytes as well for 60 days. To turn your Sprint device into a mobile hotspot, follow these steps.
  • T-Mobile: All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for 60 days, excluding roaming. Customers on smartphone plans with hotspot data will get an additional 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot for each voice line. To turn your T-Mobile device into a mobile hotspot, follow these steps.

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