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Internet

for All

Internet access is the first and most basic step to digital equity. 

Join us as we work towards Internet for All, beginning with students.

Internet for DC Students

Mayor Muriel Bowser has launched a program to connect eligible DC traditional and charter public school students in need of at home internet for the 20-21 school year.

Internet for DC Students

About

DC Government is working to connect up to 25,000 households with PK3-12th grade students enrolled at DC traditional and charter public schools that receive SNAP or TANF benefits to one year of free at-home internet provided by Comcast or RCN.

Sign-Up Process

Eligible households will receive a call, text message, or email from DC Government asking if they’d like to join the program and for consent to share their name, address, phone number, and email with the internet provider that will be providing their service, either Comcast or RCN.  

After a household confirms they want to enter the program, they will receive a call from the provider (either Comcast or RCN, usually within a week or two - depending on volume of demand) to confirm a time for internet installation. Please be sure to answer their call or listen to their voicemail and call them back.

About the Internet Service

Depending on the internet coverage in the households area, the two programs available are Comcast Internet Essentials or RCN Internet First. Both services provide up to 25/3 Mbps access speeds.

Eligibility

Households with students enrolled in grades PK3 - 12, and Adult students in DC traditional and public charter schools currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). 

Who

This program is being managed by the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer in partnership with the Deputy Mayor for Education and the Office of the State Superintendent.

Contact

If you are an eligible family in DC traditional and charter public schools please reach out to your students school for more information. If you think you have signed up but have not heard from Comcast or RCN, your School can provide you with the correct ISP information you should be expecting to hear from plus a call back number. 

More Information

Under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in March 2020, states received funding to support states during COVID-19. As a part of this, the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund or GEER Fund, was awarded to Mayor Muriel Bowser to support remote learning efforts.

Through this fund, states are permitted to purchase at home internet, especially in underserved communities. Of the $5.8 million of GEER funding the Mayor received the DC Government is using $3.3 million to support Internet access. 

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