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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Support - Options for Reduced Rate or Free Internet Access

Comcast (Cable based internet)

  • Will offer Internet Essentials for 2 months - apply online or call the numbers listed below
  • Begins March 16, 2020
  • Eligible households are NEW customers only
  • Must have students in grades K-12 and/or college
  • After the first two months expire, you can cancel the service or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer
  • In 7-10 days you will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem with a WiFi router
  • No term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment
  • Requirements: one or more members of your household must be eligible for public assistance programs such as:
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
    • Housing Assistance
    • Medicaid
    • Snap
    • Others
  • Those interested in enrolling are asked to apply online
  • The website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.


Comcast Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone (Un-verified)

This only applies to commercial Xfinity WiFi and not residential Xfinity routers/WiFi


  • 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 www.xfinity.com/wifi
  • Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.


CenturyLink - Lifeline (Phone Line based internet)

  • Contact support via
    • 800-244-1111 or 877-391-1117 


AT&T Public Wi-Fi

  • Similar to Xfinity - See AT&T support page for notes on how to find and connect to one of their public hotspots.
  • Where available, shows up as att-wifi or attwifi in list of available networks.


Netwave Broadband

  • Available no later than by May 8, and be capable of speeds of 30 Mbps: 100 Mbps (upload and download) for most of the projected coverage areas (about 2,400 homes). 
  • Starting package $149 for installation and $49 dollars a month for up to 40 Mbps package without a router (and $59 with a router).
  • For more information regarding this service, interested residents are encouraged to contact Netwave Broadband at 952-209-0900. 

https://www.scottcountymn.gov/1922/COVID-19-Response


Shakopee Public Schools will offer a limited quantity of Verizon\T-Mobile internet access hotspots

  • Reserved for students in grades K-12
  • Students/Parents can work with building administration to request a hotspot



Regular Internet Connection Support

PCs for People - Reduced rate internet

  • Hotspot Purchase $60
  • Monthly Charge $40/3 months
  • Address: 1481 Marshall Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
  • Call 1-651-354-2552
  • Email info@pcsforpeople.org
  • Office hours:
    • Monday - Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm
    • Saturday 9 am - 4 pm