By Mia Randall
Eagle Eye News Editor
Currently, as of September 2020, there are three discounted or free wifi options available to the San Juan Unified School District from the companies Comcast, AT&T, and Consolidated Communications.
AT&T is offering five dollars per month or ten dollars per month based on your internet speed for those whose families participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), National School Lunch Program, Head Start, or who are receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits.
“It’s a benefit for [people] who are disabled or low-income based on where we could assist them,” said a representative from AT&T.
Comcast is offering 60-days of free internet to new families who sign up due to COVID-19. The qualifications are that your family has to be eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and some others.
Consolidated Communications is offering two-months of free service to families who were affected by COVID-19. This includes a free installation and free equipment fees for the whole two months.
“Customers need to save money and they need to be able to supply good service for their families to do school work or work from home,” said a representative from Consolidated Communications.
According to Ms. Welborn, El Camino’s Vice Principal, there are hotspots available at the district office in tech services at 3738 Walnut Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608. The office is open from 8:30-3:30 and you can walk in, no appointment necessary, but masks are required.
“It can boost the internet that people already have or provide internet if people don’t want to do the internet services through their providers,” said Welborn.
For more information on how to get these services, go to www.sanjuan.edu/fall2020, click “Technology support” and then go to “Internet Access” where you can see all these providers listed and contact them or sign up.