Internet Companies Bless Students with Free WiFi Amidst Coronavirus Scare
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
So much is changing due to the coronavirus scare, but one piece of good news is that multiple internet companies are blessing students with free WiFi as classes get moved to online across the country.
According to Variety:
Starting next Monday (March 16), Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 megabits per second.
The move follows Comcast’s announcement that it would extend free broadband to low-income families, also for a 60-day period, starting next week.
To enroll in Charter’s free-broadband program, eligible consumers must call (844) 488-8395. The company said it will waive installation fees for new student households. Charter said it will partner with school districts “to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.” In addition, the operator will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use, free of charge.
As of this writing, multiple school districts across the country have chosen to postpone in-person classes until further notice, and several film schools are suspending in-person classes for preventative measures.
Effective March 12 and until further notice: Chapman classes will move online, campus remains open. For updates, visit our resource site linked below. https://t.co/kDtKFYgu7e
— Chapman University (@ChapmanU) March 11, 2020
Important update: UCLA is suspending in-person classes, offering final exams remotely starting Wed 3/11 through 4/10.
Large conferences and @UCLAAthletics guidelines also changing.
— TFT at UCLA (@UCLA_TFT) March 11, 2020
An important update on new coronavirus-related measures: For NYU in NYC, from 3/11-13, classes will move to remote instruction, and will continue that way for 3/23-27 (after spring break). https://t.co/b6ybuwniel
— New York University (@nyuniversity) March 9, 2020
Many companies are moving to remote work or telecommuting. Churches are opting to host digital services rather than in-person meetings.
Since it seems the world is in a global scramble, it’s a breath of fresh air to see that major companies are working to provide resources to those who need them.