INTERNET AT HOME
The North Allegheny School District realizes that not every family has access to the Internet at home, though some may wish to. You may be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program from the Federal Communications Commission. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
If you are not able to take advantage of the Affordable Connectivity Program, you may be able to take advantage of one of the resources below to obtain broadband Internet at your home at low or no cost:
Many smartphones can be turned into a "hotspot" for use by other devices. Depending on your provider and plan, this may be either free or a small additional charge to your service. If you are unsure about your plan, contact your provider for details.
If you know that your plan provides for hotspot use, this article by PCMagazine, How To Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot should help.
Comcast offers the Internet Essentials program, which provides Internet services to low-income customers.
To learn more, applicants can simply visit internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers, 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
USAC (a funding branch of the FCC) offers a program called Lifeline which provides discounts to qualified families on their home Internet service. To find out more about this program, visit fcc.gov/lifeline-consumers
Verizon offers Verizon Lifeline plans for home phone service or broadband (internet) service. The broadband discount is limited to Fios internet service at a speed of 18 megabits per second or above.
If you qualify for the Lifeline discount service, you are eligible to receive a reduced rate on your Verizon monthly bill. To sign up for this service, please read the attached PDF (English | Spanish) or visit their website verizon.com/info/low-income-internet