Completely Free Wi-Fi (With No Installation)
The FCC's Keep Americans Connected pledge challenges ISPs and mobile carriers to not shut off service for 60 days due to nonpayment, and to open their local Wi-Fi hotspots to free access. A huge number of ISPs have signed on, but when I went to their websites, only a few had posted details about opening up their Wi-Fi hotspots.
If you're a low-income student, the first thing you should do is look for a free, local Wi-Fi hotspot being emanated from somewhere outside your house. These hotspots used to be locked-down to broadband customers only, but now they will be free.
- AT&T: Look for 'attwifi'
- Optimum: Find the map at Optimum's hotspots website and look for 'optimumwifi-Emergency'
- Suddenlink: Look for 'Suddenlink-Wifi'
- Comcast Xfinity: Find the map at xfinity.com/wifi and look for the 'xfinitywifi' network
- Spectrum: Find the map at spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots and look for 'Spectrum WiFi'
- Viasat: Hotspots on US Navy bases, in state parks, and at campgrounds should now be free.