Resources for Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Last modified: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020

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More than ever, perhaps, we find ourselves relying on technology to stay informed, keep in touch with family and friends, continue school, and work effectively from our homes. Here are some resources – and some generous special offers – to help remain digitally connected during this challenging time.

 


Internet access

  • Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with students. Call 1-844-488-8395. Installation also is free if your house isn’t already wired for the service. No contract is required, but you are not eligible if you have outstanding debt with the provider.  
 
  • AT&T is providing free internet service for two months to new limited-income subscribers to its Access from AT&T program, then offering service thereafter for $5 or $10 monthly (depending on the internet speed available in the area). Eligible households include those participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or Head Start. 
 
  • Public WiFi Hotspots are now open and available to everyone through numerous providers including AT&T, Xfinity/Comcast, and Spectrum. Some providers’ websites offer maps for finding nearby hotspots and links to click to connect. Or open your device’s WiFi network settings and select attwifi, Xfinity, or Spectrum WiFi to connect. 
     

Computers and other devices

  • PCs for People offers several low-cost device options including refurbished laptops and desktop computers.  
  • Connecting for Good is a similar local option with staff available by appointment to answer your questions. 
     

Videoconferencing 

Most of these platforms already were offering free versions but have temporarily removed restrictions and upgraded their free services with features that normally require payment. Among other things, meeting times and the number of participants on a call are unlimited. 
 

 

Productivity 

  • Remotely by Zoho, a remote work software 
  • Meero for transferring large files