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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.

Explore Your Options:

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Internet for All:
DC Students

What You Get:
 

One year of Comcast Internet Essentials or RCN's Internet First paid for by DC Government.

Why Choose Me:

  • You have a PK3-12th grade student(s) enrolled at a  DC traditional, charter public schools or adult charter school.

  • You need one year of internet access.

  • Your home is covered by RCN or Comcast.

  • 50 Mbps of internet speed is enough for your household needs.

Find Out if You're Eligible:

  • Learn more about the benefit and internet service provider eligibility requirements below.

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

What You Get:
 

A temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

The benefit provides:

 

  • Up to $50/month subsidy for internet service.

  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a $10-50 co-pay.

Why Choose Me: 
 

  • You do not have a student enrolled in DC traditional or Public Charter Schools.

  • You need device assistance (up to $100) in addition to Internet for All.

  • Your household needs a higher speed internet than Internet Essentials (Comcast) or Internet First (RCN), which are both 50 Mbps, provides.

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, charter public schools and adult charter schools one year of free at-home internet provided by Comcast or RCN.

Sign-Up Process

Eligible households can text INTERNET to 69866 to be connected to Comcast or RCN.

 

NOTE: You will need to call the number provided to you to schedule or migrate your Internet Essentials or Internet First account.

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 50/3 Mbps access speeds.

Eligibility

Internet for DC Students is available to:

  • Households with students enrolled in grades PK3 - 12, and Adult students in DC traditional and public charter schools; and

  • Live in an area where Comcast or RCN internet service is available.

You must also meet one of the below requirements of Comcast or RCN:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Medicaid

  • Public housing assistance

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • National School Lunch Program or Head Start (NSLP)

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC)

  • Federal Pell Grant

  • VA Pension

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.