• Read the FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

Internet Connection Informaiton

  • TEA Internet

    The Texas Cable Association released information on free broadband and internet services here, describing steps to enable and expand access to broadband. All four Texas Cable Association members have pledged to not cut off broadband or telephone service to any customers, even those unable to pay their bills; waive late fees incurred because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, and open their Wi-Fi hotspots to all.

Cable Providers' Statements

  • Altice USA (which provides Suddenlink services)

  • AT&T

  • Charter Communications (which provides Spectrum services)

  • Comcast (which provides Xfinity services)

  • Sparklight {formerly Cable One}

  • Sprint

  • T-Mobile

  • Verizon

Additional Funding Streams for School Districts to Provide Devices

  • Many school systems around the state are also working to expand wireless hotspot locations in communities where free commercial Internet services are not otherwise available.

    Please document all costs associated with these expenditures, in anticipation that additional funding streams will become available as Congress continues to authorize financial support for COVID-19. In the meantime, there are many sources of funds currently available to be redeployed for this purpose: Potential Funding Streams: ESSA, Title I, Part A served Schoolwide campuses may use their Title I, Part A funds to provide internet hot spots as long as it is identified in the campus comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) as a need.

    Note: As long as the LEA has the required supplement, not supplant methodology documented an implemented, there is not a supplanting issue.
    Note: The campus may update their CNA to include new needs identified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ESSA, Title IV, Part A may also be a potential federal fund source. However, Title IV has the traditional rules of supplant so it is only allowable if the LEA has not previously spent state or local funds for internet hot spots this year or in the prior year.

    Other state or local funds may also be used for internet hot spots, but keep in mind it may cause a supplant issue for the use of ESSA, Title IV, Part A funds as described above.