Possible Solutions for Greater Internet/Cellular Services
Disclaimer: This list has been compiled by the MASD Information Technology Department in order to provide students and their families suggestions for improving their internet coverage in the event of campus closures. These suggestions are NOT being requested/demanded of students or their families. They are suggestions that may help improve connection between students and their teachers.
- Mobile Hotspots – A mobile hotspot is an ad hoc wireless access point that is created by a dedicated hardware device or a smartphone feature that shares the phone's cellular data. Mobile hotspots are also known as portable hotspots. Service providers like Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T offer these mobile hotspot plans to consumers who use their service plans.
- Check with your cellular service provider for information on their Mobile Hotspot features that might already be included in your plan. Depending on your plan you might also have to pay more for the mobile hotspot features.
- MiFi Unit – A wireless router that acts as mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. A MiFi device can be connected to a cellular network and provide Internet access for up to ten devices. Another feature that can be offered by your cellular provider that acts as a router that connects to your cellular service provider rather than your internet service provider. This option is meant for home use while the Mobile Hotspots are meant for when you are out of the house and need better internet access.
- Internet Essentials – The final option is something that Comcast is offering in direct relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. We are also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads, and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. You will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem (to receive service at your home) with a WiFi router (to connect your devices without wires). There is no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment.
Comcast contact for this program is 855-846-8376