Low or No Cost Technology Options for Virtual Participation and Contact

If you or someone you know has limited access to the internet or technology there is help available. Here is a list of free or low-cost technology tools to help you stay connected. 

Charter Wi-Fi: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public.

Lor No Cost Technology Options for Virtual Participation and Contact

  • Facetime - Video Calling
    • Get it on: Apple Products from the Apple App Store
    • Cost: Free
    • This is a video calling app that can only be downloaded from the Apple App store for video calling other Apple products
  • Snapchat - Video Calling, Text Messaging, Video Messaging
    • Get it on: Android and Apple mobile devices.
    • Cost: Free
    • This is a video messaging app that allows all messages and conversations to not be saved.
  • Whatsapp - Video Calling, Text Messaging
    • Get it on: Computers, and Android and Apple mobile devices.
    • Cost: Free
    • Whatsapp is an internationally used messaging app that is widely popular globally.
  • Skype - Video Calling, Text Messaging
    •  Get it on: Computers, web browsers, and Android and Apple mobile devices.
    • Cost: Free
    • Skype is a widely known video calling platform that uses Microsoft's AI technology for features such as live translations.
  • Hangouts - Text Messaging, Video Calling
    • Get it on: Web browsers, and Android and Apple mobile devices.
    • Cost: Free
    • Google Hangouts is a robust communication platform on the web.
  • Duo - Video Calling
    • Get it on: Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free
    • This is the Google analog to Apple Facetime. But can be used on Android phones and Iphones.
  • Signal / Telegram - Encrypted Text Messaging
    •  Get it on: Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free
    • Both Signal and Telegram are messaging applications that use end to end encryption.
  • Facebook Messenger - Video Calling, Text Messaging
    • Get it on: Computers, web browsers, and Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free
    • This is a communication service tied to Facebook's social network.
  • Microsoft Teams - Video Calling, Text Messaging, Community Management, Productivity
    • Get it on: Computers, web browsers, and Android and Apple mobile devices.
    • Cost: Free
    • Teams is Microsoft's chat productivity application. It allows for collaborating and staying in contact with multiple people within the team.
  • Discord - Video Calling, Text Messaging, Community Management
    • Get it on: Computers, and Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free
    • Discord is a robust community management tool. Create servers or rooms fordifferent interests or teams to communicate and keep in touch.
  • FreeConference / FreeConferenceCall / FreeConferenceCalling - Conference CallingService that is Free
    • Get it on: Create the account online using an email address and use the servicewith a phone.
    • Cost: Free
    • Each of the listed above are not typos. Each is an individual company thatprovides conference calling for free.
  • Google Voice - Cloud Based Phone Number
    • Get it on: Computers, and Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free if used to make calls within the United States. Calls to other countries have a cost per minute.
    • Google Voice is a cost effective way to have a phone number and make phone calls so long as you have access to the internet.
  • GotoMeeting
    • Get it on: Computers, and Android and Apple mobile devices
    • Cost: Free for two weeks.
    • Video conference calling for many people
  • Marco Polo
    • Get it on: iphone and ipad
    • Cost: free
    • "video walkie talkie," a video chat app that lets you send quick messages backand forth.

In response to COVID-19 developments, some internet providers are offering free servicesto low-income families and households with students.

Free Comcast Xfinity internet
Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to newcustomers. The internet provider is also automatically increasing speeds for all InternetEssentials customers.

Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone.
Free internet for students from Charter Spectrum
Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectruminternet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free.
Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.
Free internet for students from Altice
Altice internet providers Suddenlink and Optimum are offering 60 days of free internet service for households with K–12 or college students. Internet speeds are up to 30 Mbps if you do not already have access to a home internet plan. To sign up, call 1-866-200-9522 if you live in an area with Optimum internet service, or call 1-888-633-0030 if you live in an area with Suddenlink internet service.

Free low-income internet from CoxUntil May 12, 2020, Cox is offering the first month of it’s low-income internetprogram,Connect2Compete, for free. The internet service is also providing free phone andremote desktop support for technical support during that time.For more information from the college, go to:

www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/are-there-government-programs-to-help-me-get-internetservice