Internet Access

Reduced Cost or Free Internet Access

As California Community Colleges move classes and services online, access to reliable internet service is critical. Below is a list of resources and internet providers offering reduced cost or free internet access.

Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards 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 if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Click here for more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

Companies providing free or low-cost internet access during the pandemic:

Altice USA For qualified households, we offer our 30 Mbps Altice Advantage. We have a range of options available. To learn more about these offerings, visit or
Comcast/Xfinity You may qualify for Comcast Internet Essentials if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. They will continue to provide two months of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers during the pandemic.

Additionally, Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available free of charge to the public. Find your nearest hotspot.
Cox Cox customers have free access to Cox WiFi hotspots

Non-customers in a Cox service area can use their paid StraightUp Internet Hotspot Pass service.
AT&T AT&T is providing free access to its WiFi hot spots throughout the country. 

Access from AT&T is $10 a month (or less) home internet access for limited-income and eligible households. 
Charter/Spectrum Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 200 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-310-1198. Charter/Spectrum customers also gain free access to hotspots

Spectrum Internet Assist is high speed internet at an affordable price for eligible customers. One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs, National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP, Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only). 
T-Mobile  T-Mobile/Sprint customers can find information on hotspot/smartphone tethering here.
Verizon Verizon Fios Forward, their low-cost internet is available to eligible customers.
California Connects California Community Colleges students are eligible for this mobile hotspot service powered by Sprint, which offers nationwide 4G LTE connectivity and allows users to connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices for up to 10 hours on a single charge for only $19.99 a month.