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COVID-19 Internet Service Offerings

In response to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, many North Carolina residents are being asked to work and learn remotely. To help ensure they can access high-speed internet, we have compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors across the state.

If you are a service provider that is offering free or affordable options for high-speed internet during this time, please contact us at COVID.vendor.ideas@nc.gov.

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Use the map on this page to determine if your area is covered by these providers:

  1. Enter your home street address in the address field and click the magnifying glass. (You can also use the location icon to the right of the magnifying glass to allow the browser to determine your location for you.)
  2. Click on your location to see offers available to your address.

Internet Service Providers

Altice/Optimum/SuddenLink

  • Free Altice Advantage 30Mbps internet service for 60 days, beginning March 16, to households that do not already have a broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 or in college.
  • Contact:
    • 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region

ATMC

  • Free high-speed internet service for 60 days, beginning March 16, to households that do not already have a broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 or in college. Standard installation included.
    • Where: Brunswick and Columbus counties
  • Contact: 910-754-4311, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

AT&T

  • Low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households:
    • With at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), National School Lunch Program or Head Start and
    • With an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area, at which AT&T offer wireline home Internet serviceand 
    • Without outstanding debt for AT&T fixed Internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program. 
    • Service availability and speed may vary by address. AT&T will assign you the fastest of these speed tiers available* where you live:
      • 768 kilobits per second, for $5 per month
      • 1.5 megabits per second, for $5 per month
      • 3 megabits per second, for $5 per month
      • 5 megabits per second, for $10 per month
      • 10 megabits per second, for $10 per month**
  • Contact: 855.220.5211

CenturyLink

  • Suspending data usage limits
  • Offering K-12 schools, colleges, universities, libraries and state and local government agencies increased broadband speeds for free for 60 days at existing service locations with qualifying facilities
  • Automatically increasing broadband speeds where technically feasible for residential customers currently enrolled in plans offering 20 Mbps or less

Charter Spectrum

  • Free high-speed internet service up to 100 Mbps for 60 days, beginning March 16, to households that do not already have a broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 or in college. Standard installation included.
  • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Contact: 844-488-8395

Comcast

  • New low-income customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, normally $9.95/month (at speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream)
  • Other streaming/entertainment services
  • Contact: 888-403-2667

Comporium/Zipstream

  • Free Standard HSI service for 60 days, beginning March 16, to households that do not already have a broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 or in college. Standard installation included, and no security deposit required.
  • Contact: 888-403-2667

Cox Communications

  • Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95 per month thereafter. 
  • Free home and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care. 
  • Discounted, refurbished equipment through its association with PCs for People. 
  • A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access. 
  • Contact: 844-488-8395

Country Cablevision

  • As of March 25, no disconnections for non-payment for at least 30 days

MediaCom

  • Increasing the speed of the Mediacom Connect2Compete low-cost internet program to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) down by 3 Mbps up
  • Pausing monthly data allowances across all Mediacom broadband service tiers through May 15, 2020
  • Extending the pricing of Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 broadband service to new customers at $19.99 per month for the next 12 month

Skyline

  • 60 days of free Standard Broadband service and free installation to any home that is:
    • The primary home of a student in kindergarten through high school, in technical school, in college or in graduate school;
    • Currently without our internet service and that hasn’t had internet service with SkyLine/SkyBest for the past 90 days; and
    • Located where SkyLine/SkyBest would normally provide internet service.
  • Waiving installation fees during this time

 

  • CONTACT: 800.759.2226

 

Surry Communications

Offering:

  • Free home internet for K-12 high school students, technical college or graduate students for 60 days
    • Offer expires April 3 2020
  • CONTACT: 336.374.5021

Mobile Service Providers

AT&T

  • Unlimited wireless data service for qualified schools (K-12, colleges and universities) on new lines for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices
    • Offer good through May 22nd
  • Free integrated phone, fax, messaging capabilities and HD video conferencing for up to 100 users for new education, healthcare and non-profit social services
  • Free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while at different locations
  • Contact: 855.220.5211

Sprint

  • $15 per month per device for 10GB of data for the public sector
    • No Charge on refurbished hotspots
    • No charge on tablets
    • No charge on connected Chromebooks
    • While supplies last
    • Requirement of 6 months of service
  • Contact: 855.220.5211

T-Mobile

  • Free increased 20GB data allowance per month for 60 days, beginning March 16, for schools and students using EmpowerED digital learning programs
  • Unlimited plan for $20/month a two-year contract on qualifying plans
  • Unlimited smartphone data for 60 days, beginning March 16, for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers with data plans
  • Additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for 60 days, beginning March 16, for T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers.
  • Free international calling for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries.
  • Participating schools can receive up to $200 per student to put toward mobile internet devices, including hotspots, laptops, and tablets
  • Contact: 855.220.5211

Verizon

  • Additional connectivity and upgraded data plans from 10GB/month to 30GB/month for 60 days, beginning March 16, to all tablets and laptops within the Verizon Innovative Learning program 
  • No activation fees for new lines of service or upgrade fees starting March 18 
  • Will waive overage charges and late fees to support customers who may be financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Adds 15GB of high-speed data for wireless consumer and small business customers to be automatically applied with no customer action necessary
  • Provides first responders with priority and preemption abilities for voice and data

Public Wi- Fi Access Locations

In an effort to help serve their residents, many communities and vendors around North Carolina are offering Wi-Fi access locations for public use.

Below is a list of public Wi-Fi access locations that have been reported to the Broadband Infrastructure Office. Use the map on this page to search for specific locations.

If you are a community that is offering public Wi-Fi access locations, please send a message to COVID.vendor.ideas@nc.gov.

ATMC

  • Free drive up high speed hotspots that will allow Pender County families to access educational material for their school-aged children
    • Burgaw – Pender High School
    • Rocky Point – Heide Trask Senior High School
    • Hampstead – Topsail High School
    • Burgaw – Pender County Public Library
  • Free drive up high speed hotspots that will allow families
    • Fair Bluff – Columbus Career and College Academy
    • Reigelwood – Acme Delco Elementary School
    • Lake Waccamaw – East Columbus High School
    • Tabor City – Williams Township School
    • Cerro Gordo – West Columbus High School
  • Contact: 910-754-4311, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

ATMC/Four County Electric Membership Cooperative

  • Free drive up high speed hotspots that will allow Pender County families to access educational material for their school-aged children
    • Burgaw – Pender High School
    • Rocky Point – Heide Trask Senior High School
    • Hampstead – Topsail High School
    • Burgaw – Pender County Public Library
  • Contact: 910-754-4311, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Balsam West

  • Franklin – Franklin Plaza parking lot
  • Robbinsville – Robbinsville Courthouse
  • Andrews – Food Lion Shopping Center
  • Contact: 888.225.7266

Charter Spectrum

  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use
  • Contact: 844-488-8395

Comcast

  • Free Xfinity Wifi Network access free and expanding services/support for existing and new customers:
  • Contact: 888-403-2667

Country Cablevision

  • Free Wi-Fi spots in Mitchell County at the following locations:
    • Bear Creek Baptist Church parking lot, Bakersville
    • Hidden Creek Campground, Glen Ayre
    • Pizza Hut parking lot, Spruce Pine
    • Main Street, Spruce Pine
    • Miller Insurance parking lot (U.S. Highway 19 East, Spruce Pine)
    • Riverside Park, Spruce Pine
  • Free Wi-Fi spot at Mountain River Campground in Avery County

Eastern Carolina Broadband

  • Free, high speed, drive-up WiFi at several locations are in the process of being activated for use: 
    • Mt Olive – Field behind Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church (1224 Red Hill Rd, Mt Olive, NC 28365) 
    • Mt Olive – Flea Market (1810 Garner Chapel Rd Mt Olive, NC 28365, at the corner of Bennett’s Bridge Rd and Garner Chapel Rd) 
    • Beulaville – Town of Beulaville (508 E Main St, Beulaville, NC 28518) 
    • Magnolia – Church near Magnolia Town Hall (110 E Carroll St, Magnolia, NC 28453) 
    • Pink Hill – Old Pink Hill School Media Center (202 Central Avenue Pink Hill, NC 28572) 
    • Trenton – Jones County Courthouse (101 Market St, Trenton, NC 28585) 

InteliPort Wireless/Fiber

  • Free drive up Wireless Hotspots with open bandwidth and as always unlimited data usage:
    • Hertford, NC – Perquimans County
  • Free Drive up high speed Hotspots – Open bandwidth – No data limits
    • Downtown Hertford – 103 N Church St from 126 W Grubb St to 101 E Market St
    • Downtown Hertford – 101 E Market Street From Church Street to 101 E Market Street Chamber Building
    • Downtown Hertford – 126 W Grubb St from 203 N Church St to114 W Grubb St, Hertford Town Hall
    • Downtown Hertford – Punch Alley, Municipality Parking lot behind Hertford Town Hall
    • W Grubb Street, Parking lot at Missing Mill Park
    • Strick’s Family Campground
    • NewHope – Longbeach Dr
    • NewHope – Winslow Road
    • 103 Meads Cir, Meads Trailer Park
    • Park at King Street and Hyde Street across from First Baptist Church
    • King Street and South Church Street Hertford Housing Authority
    • 310 Granby St, Hertford Boat Ramp Parking area

 

  • CONTACT: 252.426.4600

MediaCom

  • Providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots for 60 days

NFinityLink

  • All WiFi hotspots will be opened for free public access

Open Broadband

  • Free Wi-Fi access points for local governments.
  • Open Broadband has free Wi-Fi access at the following locations:
    • Seven Springs – Downtown
    • Belmont– Downtown
    • Goldsboro – Bryan Multi-Sport Complex (501 S Oak Forest Road)
    • Cedar Grove Ruritan – 6116 Efland – (Cedar Grove Road)
    • Angier – Downtown
    • Oxford – Granville Expo Center (4185 U.S. 15)
    • Charlotte – Romare Bearden Park (300 S. Church St.)
    • Charlotte – Dillehay Courts Public Housing
    • Mount Holly – Downtown (106 S. Main St.)
    • Mount Olive – Downtown
    • Mount Olive – University of Mount Olive Agriculture campus
    • Mount Olive – Alphin Insurance
    • Faison – Recreation and Wellness Center
    • Calypso – Fire Department (103 SE Center St )
  • Contact: 919-205-5400

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