Home Internet

Your home network may not be as fast or reliable as your internet connection at school or work, especially if multiple members of your household are online while you're trying to work. If you're having trouble with your network, try some of the steps below to improve your connection.

And if you don't have reliable access to the internet at home, some internet and mobile data providers are offering expanded access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before you start working:

What to do if your connection is slow

If you don't have access to the internet at home...

Outdoor Library Wifi Map - https://libraries.state.ma.us/wifi

Access Wifi even when the library is closed.

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: 

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

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COMCAST - Internet Essentials Free to New Customers

Comcast is offering 60 days of free service to new Internet Essentials customers (9.95.month after 60 Days) and free remote installation for those who apply by June 30. It's also increasing service speeds to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. 

Apply for Comcast service.


PCs for People offers low-cost Wi-Fi hotspots and computers to qualifying households. They now accept Pell Grant documentation for eligibility for higher education students impacted by COVID related school closures.

Additoinal Resources listed on the Department of Education  COVID-19 Remote Learning Guide: Students and Families 

COVID-19 Digital Access National Programs: Major Carriers continue to update their offerings that have historically supported the low cost programs through the FCC. Many of these offerings have been expanded to ALL students, however, these services may be just for NEW accounts.