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Information regarding Connectivity during Virtual Instruction

Update as of March 14; 1 PM
Most broadband companies offering low-cost plans those in need.  
We know some LSMSA families may have difficulty in securing sufficient data plans or reliable high-speed internet in preparation of virtual instruction beginning Wednesday. Here is information provided by the FCC and Louisiana Department of Education regarding connectivity options.

Most US broadband and telecom businesses have pledged to support the "Keep Americans Connected Pledge" which asks companies to not terminate service for residential customers, waive late feeds incurred due to the economic effects of the virus, and open access to public Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Families with limited incomes can apply for $5 to $10 per month internet access through AT&T Access (https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/), Cox Connect2Compete (https://www.cox.com/residenti…/internet/connect2compete.html), and CenturyLink Lifeline (https://www.centurylink.com/…/community-devel…/lifeline.html). Additionally, Charter Communication (https://www.spectrum.com/) will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription.

This is not an all-encompassing list for all areas of Louisiana. Please contact the data and internet providers in your local area to inquire about options. Families who still have concerns of financial barriers regarding connectivity should contact the LSMSA administration via email.

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