Free or reduced-cost connectivity during school closures
PSD vans bring Wi-Fi directly to students
Poudre School District vans with wireless hotspots travel to neighborhoods so students can connect to the Internet and download their school work. Currently the vans are serving approximately 1,900 students total in eight mobile home communities.
For our Spanish-speaking community: This video explains how to connect to the hotspots.
Rural Internet resources
Students with rural Internet who have difficulty connecting can leverage free public Wi-Fi in these locations:
- Red Feather Lakes Community Center
- Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District - Station 2, Rustic, 32510 Highway 14
- Horsetooth Area Information Center, 4200 W. County Road 38E
- Larimer County buildings.
Free or reduced-cost offers from service providers
Many broadband, satellite and mobile service providers are offering free or reduced-cost connectivity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check with your service provider for specific offers. If you don't have a service provider, please see offers listed below.Please note the following resources are provided as a service and not as an endorsement by Poudre School District.
- FCC Keep Americans Connected pledge - For the next 60 days, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on providers to not terminate service to customers due to inability to pay bills and waive late fees due to disruptions from the pandemic, and open wifi hotspots.
- Comcast- Comcast opened Xfinity WiFi network for free, offers unlimited data for free, and offers two months free internet for low-income families and raising speeds to 25/3 Mbps.
- Charter Communications - Charter offers free access to Spectrum broadband and WiFi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households.
- AT&T - AT&T offers help with bills to keep homes connected and 24/7 online support.
- Verizon - Verizon will waive late fees for customers experiencing financial hardships, provide free international calling to countries identified as level 3 impacted through the end of April, and waive fees on new lines of service and upgrades will be waived starting March 18. Verizon Innovative Learning offers tips for remote learning, and partner content from The New York Times.
- Sprint - Sprint will provide free next-day shipping and waive activation fees, provide unlimited data for 60 days and free mobile hotspots to customers. Boost Mobile will provide free international calling to countries identified as level 3 impacted through the end of April, waive reconnection fees, add mobile hotspot at no cost, tiered plans will receive an additional 20 Gigs of data at no extra cost.
- T-Mobile - T-Mobile will expand network capacity for customers by an additional 600 MHz for the next 60 days and expand roaming access for Sprint customers to use the T-Mobile network.
- HughesNet - HughesNet is adjusting the network to accommodate a surge in traffic and prioritizing educational and business collaboration software for customers relying on satellite internet, especially during daytime hours.
- TDS - TDS has addressed increased demand of internet connectivity to match customer bandwidth with demand, and will offer anyone experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 uninterrupted connectivity and waive late fees for 60 days. Additionally, the Internet provider says on its website, "If you don’t currently have TDS Internet service, but need it for work- or school-at-home scenarios, you can order free Internet service for 60 days."