Reliable internet access is critical during this pandemic, but Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) is a little late to step up. Spectrum is offering free internet installation and service to students and their families. Comcast is making its Internet Essentials program free for new, qualifying customers for 60 days, and it is boosting broadband speeds for existing Internet Essentials customers. AT&T has removed data usage caps.
While Verizon’s support for students in LAUSD is critical, that’s only one school district. As Superintendent Austin Beutner said, “the digital divide is very real.” With learning moving online, closing the digital divide across the entire country may be more important than ever.
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- How to check if your service provider is throttling your internet – CNET
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- Welcome (Back) to the Appointment Internet – New York Magazine
- How to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home – The Conversation AU
- An Internet Shutdown Is Keeping Coronavirus Information From Millions in Pakistan – Slate
- How to protect your devices on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic – WGEM
- Slow Internet? Paying More For Faster Speeds May Not Be The Answer – Forbes