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.


  • Comcast: Through June 30, Comcast offers 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

  • AT&T: Offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing internet customers, and $15/month plans to low income families. 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. Through May 31, 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: Through June 30, Sprint will supply unlimited data for existing customers and an extra 20 gigabytes for hotspots at no extra charge. Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot  will get 20 gigabytes. 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 through June 30, 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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