You can get free Spectrum internet for 60 days if you live in a household with a K-12 or college student

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You can get free Spectrum internet for 60 days if you live in a household with a K-12 or college student

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  • Charter Communications is giving households with K-12 and college students free Spectrum Wi-Fi for the next 60 days.
  • Schools across the country are shutting down and moving online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Charter is also giving families who do not yet have Spectrum free installation of the service, and those who qualify as low-income will still be eligible for high-speed broadband.
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School districts and colleges around the nation are shutting down and moving to online instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, including New York City's public schools, the largest public school system in the country.

That's why Charter Communications is now offering households with K-12 students or college students free Spectrum Wi-Fi for 60 days as education becomes increasingly dependent on digital alternatives, according to a press release Friday.

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"Americans rely on high-speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need," the company said in the announcement.

Families who do not yet have the service will also receive free installation of the service, and those who qualify as low-income will still be eligible for high-speed broadband.

In order to be sure households are aware of the service, Charter plans to team up with local school districts across the country. Charter will also expand Wi-Fi hotspots to the public in areas covered in Charter's available regions.

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Charter's decision follows after other services like Comcast, which gave low-income families free service, and AT&T, which held off on charging overage fees and removed internet data caps for home broadband internet.

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