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Here's how to get free Wi-Fi in NYC during the coronavirus

Written by
Danielle Valente

Adjusting to a do-it-all-from-home lifestyle isn't easy, and one thing is for certain: Everyone needs the internet now more than ever.

For those who are a bit stressed about this new reality, there's some good news: If you're gearing up for NYC schools to start online classes on Mar 23, or if you're simply keeping little ones entertained while you're bringing work home, here's how your family can get free Wi-Fi: 

Charter Communications

As of Mar 16, Charter Communications announced that it will provide free Spectrum broadband service to new subscribers with a student in grades K-12 and college as a member of the household. Not only are the first 60 days free, installation fees for new student households will be waived. To sign up, call 1-844-488-8395.


Comcast is making all Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free. Xfinity covers much of New York City, allowing families to access the network from almost anywhere. In addition, Comcast is making its Internet Essentials plan free for two months to both new and existing customers, and dramatically increasing the data capacity for the plan. 

Other internet service providers are taking the Keep Americans Connected Pledge by promising not to terminate any current subscriber and to waive any fees for late payment.

It's more important that ever that all households have a good broadband connection. Not only are we working from home, we're educating our children through sites such as Scholastic's free Learn at Home, we're entertaining our kids with virtual storytimes and the daily LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems and we're keeping our restless ones occupied with cool DIY projects.

No doubt more amazing online activities will surface in the coming days—having high-speed internet access will be crucial.

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