As many Arizonans continue to work and learn from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, access to affordable, reliable internet remains more important than ever. The American Rescue Plan provides $7.172 billion to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help schools and libraries ensure that our nation’s schoolchildren can fully participate in remote learning. It also includes $200 million in funding for libraries to provide residents with accessible Wi-Fi and internet hotspots.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The COVID relief bill passed in December 2020 established the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The program, administered by the FCC, will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. You can learn more here.
FCC Lifeline Program
Federal Lifeline Program assists eligible low-income consumers in paying telecommunication service charges. You can learn more here.
Free WiFi Locations
You can view an interactive map of free WiFi locations throughout Arizona here. The University of Arizona has established several drive-up WiFi locations across the state. You can view a map of the locations here.
The Glendale Public Library has free WiFi hotspots that provide unlimited data and can be rented for up to three weeks at a time. You can learn more here.