Household Internet Connectivity Options
During the At Home Learning and Blended learning phases of the 2020-21 school year, Pasco School District is committed to assisting families gain access to reliable internet connectivity. The district’s priority is to first connect families to existing commercially available internet solutions. This provides the most reliable and unrestricted access for families, while being the most sustainable for the district.
Below are the primary internet providers servicing the Pasco area. Several companies offer low-cost plans or discounts through the Federal Lifeline program. Please contact the companies about specific offers and evaluate if any of the below providers will work for your household.
Estimated need for connectivity speed is 2-5 Mbps for At-Home Learning depending on the amount of family members accessing learning at one time.
Vendor Program Connection Type Contact Charter Spectrum
$49.99 month (non-discounted plan) @ 100Mbps
$17-$34 month (Internet Assist Program) @ 30Mbps
Internet Assist Discount Program:
Discounts for low income areas and Free/Reduce households
Speeds up to 30 Mbps, no data caps, no contracts
Cable Online Application Internet:
CenturyLink $49 month @ 20Mbps
Eligible for Lifeline discount of $9.25 per month
PocketiNet $49.90 @ 3Mbps
First month free
All equipment & tax included in price
Viasat | Exede Eligible for Lifeline discount of $9.25 per month Satellite https://www.exede.com/
Desert Winds Wireless Fixed Wireless https://www.desertwinds.net/
Alternatively, you can access the internet through your existing cellular provider. Please contact your cellular provider about low-cost plans and discounts. Below is contact information for the most popular cellular providers.
Vendor Program Contact AT&T Eligible for Lifeline discount https://www.att.com/
T-Mobile Low-cost plans from $15-$25
Eligible for Lifeline discount of $9.25 per month.
Verizon Eligible for Lifeline discount https://www.verizonwireless.com/
US Cellular Offers Lifeline plans and discounts https://www.uscellular.com/
Federal Lifeline Program
Low Income families qualify for the Lifeline government assistance program, which provides monthly support for discounted internet service. Typical discount amount is $10 but may vary.
Apply online here: https://nationalverifier.servicenowservices.com/lifeline
Support: 800-234-9473 or email@example.com
Affordable Connectivity Program (New in 2022)
The Affordable Connectivity Programs (ACP) offers eligible households high speed internet (100mbps) for $30 a month with no additional out of pocket expenses.
There are 3 ways families can qualify:
- Income of 200% or less than the Federal poverty guidelines
- Program participation (such as Free Reduced Lunch Program eligible, or SNAP, etc.), or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income internet program
Learn more here https://www.fcc.gov/acp. Ask your Internet Services Provider if they participate in the ACP program.