Low Cost Internet
The following organizations will work directly with families to provide low cost and no cost solutions for internet access. Orange Unified School District is not affiliated with these groups and only provides the reference for informational purposes.
EveryoneOn - www.everyoneon.org
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. They provide opportunity to all Americans – regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. They work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
Internet Essentials - www.internetessentials.com
Can students today do homework without Internet? The answer, increasingly, is no, which poses an acute problem for kids included in the 30% of Americans who don't have in-home Internet access. Comcast NBCUniversal is helping these students (and their families) with its Internet Essentials program, with 95% of students in the program reporting that they feel that it has had a positive effect on their grades.
1Million Project - www.1millionproject.org
The internet has created amazing opportunities for education. Sadly, it's also created a gap between families that can afford home internet access and 5 million families with school-aged children that can't.1 For those living paycheck to paycheck, food, shelter and utilities understandably take a higher priority over internet access.
Free Wifi Access in Public
Most Coffee shops and Restaurants offer Free Wifi now. Be Sure to Ask.
Libraries offer computer stations and wifi at no cost.