PSC Releases Webpage Sharing Free & Low-Cost Internet Access Options in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Internet Resources for Wisconsin Residents during Public Health Emergency

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) encourages sharing the webpage linked above to ensure citizens, businesses, and government units are aware of internet resources in this time of pressing need. Internet options and additions will be included as the PSC receives them.

The PSC is aggregating and sharing the initiatives that broadband service providers in this state have undertaken in response to the developing COVID-19 emergency. The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission recently challenged broadband and telephone service providers to sign the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.  In signing the pledge, a provider agrees to postpone terminations due to non-payment, waive late fees, and open up its Wi-Fi hotspots as the country works through the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, many providers have stepped up on their own to do what they can to facilitate internet access for students during school closings. 

One of the key features of broadband service has been the opportunity to access on-line classes from home.  Now with schools closing, access to on-line instruction has taken on new importance.  If a student or parent has questions about the service arrangements available during the next 60-day period, please contact your internet service provider.  The provider can tell you of the specific plan it has to facilitate on-line instruction while schools are closed.  For additional information regarding these and other free or low-cost internet access options in response to the COVID-19 emergency, please go to: https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandEmergencyInternetResources.aspx.

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