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Internet Access for Online Learning in Spring 2020

As Eugene School District 4J and all other Oregon school districts ramp up for distance learning, many families are assessing their home internet access options.

If you have a need for internet access, please try the following:

Free Xfinity WiFi Hotspots: Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations have been made available for students and the community to use for free. Many homes are in range of one of these hotspots. If you are close to a hotspot, your device will include “xfinitywifi” on the list of available wifi networks. Select this network to connect to the internet. For a map of available Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

Free AT&T WiFi Hotspots: AT&T public Wi-Fi hotspots have been made available for students and the community to use for free. Select “att-wifi” or “attwifi” from your list of available wireless networks.  Learn more here.

Other Free Open WiFi Hotspots: Check if you have access to any other open wireless network broadcast near you from another legitimate provider.

Free / Low-Cost Comcast Internet Essentials: Comcast is offering high-speed internet free for two months, then $10 per month, to families who qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals or are participating in Head Start. This is also available to families who are eligible for public assistance programs such as SNAP, TANF, WIC, TTANF, FDPIR, Medicaid, SSI, public housing assistance, and others. You may need to show documentation of your eligibility.  Learn more here. You can apply online or from your mobile phone at apply.internetessentials.com. If you want to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) between 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Pacific time.

Free / Low-Cost Internet Access from AT&T: AT&T has expanded its Access from AT&T Program, increased eligibility to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start, and is waiving home internet data overage fees. Through this program AT&T is offering internet access to new customers in limited income households, with 2 months of free service and $10 or $5 a month thereafter, depending on speed. Learn more here.

If none of the above are available to you:

Mobile Hotspots: The district will have a limited number of hotspots available to lend (one per household) to families who do not have another way to access the internet at home. Hotspots are not available yet, at the start of April. We will be in contact with families who have requested support when they arrive.

A Note About Bandwidth: We understand many people trying to work from home will put demands on bandwidth. Digital learning opportunities will be at varied times, so your students may not always need to be online at the same times during the day.


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