Request a mobile hotspot from West by filling out this form.
Madison Public Library WiFi is still ON at every location (even though all branches are now closed). Anyone can access free wifi from outside of the building and parking lot. Madison Public Schools also has information on public hotspots for students here.
Spectrum has an internet program for lower income families. It should cost around $15 per month for those who qualify. The link includes eligibility information and the application.
Comcast has an “internet essentials” option for lower income families. The service is $10 plus tax per month for eligible households. You cannot have debt to Comcast from the last year, and you cannot have been a Comcast customer in the last 90 days. Comcast also stated in March that if you call them and inform them of your financial situation due to COVID-19, they will not charge late fees or disconnect you from service -- it is unclear whether this offer still stands.
AT&T Home has a low income internet option and income requirements have changed during COVID-19 to include more households. Application here. This program should cost around $5-10 per month. Data overage charges for all AT&T internet customers are also waived through September 30th.
Four Lakes Broadband will charge $25/month for 3 months, with 0 up-front cost. Service is best for people in Stoughton, McFarland, etc. (https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandEmergencyInternetResources.aspx)
TDS does not service downtown or Hill Farms Neighborhood (Sheboygan Ave).
Click here for a list of resources that learners may access during this time of school closure. These resources have been curated to support at-home enrichment. All resources offer high-quality and free content.
Since your physical school library and possibly your local public libraries are closed, try eBooks or audiobooks!
SYNC Audiobooks for Teens Summer Program (2 free-to-keep audiobook downloads every Thursday): add to your Sora account
In addition to the resources that have been provided, please find an open resource (http://bit.ly/EducationCompaniesfreesources)* of education companies that are providing free subscriptions during this time of closing.
*Please note that this document is not curated or vetted by MMSD; it is solely provided as a resource.
The Wisconsin State Journal's digital edition is available to schools during the closures.
The New York Times is offering free digital access to teachers and students until 9/2021. Contact Ms. Hennes if you would like an invitation.
PBS Wisconsin is committed to ensuring equitable access to free and trusted resources in a variety of formats to help meet the needs of all learners in any learning environment. In partnership with Milwaukee PBS and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we are continuing our At-Home Learning TV broadcast schedule for the school year, accompanied by curriculum-aligned digital resources.