In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, multiple Internet Service Providers have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time.
The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or calling 833-511-0311.
Families In Schools recommends taking a look at the California Technology Fund's Get Connected internet service options tool. If you visit the site, you can enter your zip code, and it will list internet service providers in your area. You can then call the companies to ask about their low-cost home internet options. Some providers are offering 60 days of free service. They also have a list of low-cost computers in your area.
LA County has many resources available for its residents. We highly recommend that you check with your local public library and county resource list for services in your area.
- LA County Hotspot Locator
- LA County Library: Borrow a hotspot for three weeks
- Los Angeles Public Library: Borrow a hotspot for six weeks here
- Los Angeles Computer Access Network: (213) 978-3311
- Public Wi-Fi Sites in the City of Los Angeles: (323) 290-3113
- LA County Library: Free Outdoor Wi-Fi at participating libraries