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Access to the Internet

Due to the extended school closure, CFSD will begin Remote Learning Days on April 6, 2020. We want to ensure that your student(s) will have access to the Internet to access Google Classsroom and participate in remote learning.

If you do not have available Internet service to support remote learning, both Cox and Comcast have programs to provide affordable Internet at home for eligible households. Currently, both providers are offering 60 days of free service (see terms of service dates) if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, or Housing Assistance. 

The programs are available to families who have at least one child that attends a Catalina Foothills School District school, participates in one of the above government subsidy programs, and is not a current customer.

You can use the links below to apply for Internet service with Cox or Comcast, based on the service provider for your area.

Cox Connect2Compete

Internet Essentials from Comcast 

An alternative to signing up for home Internet is to use public Wi-Fi hotspots (places where the public can sign on to the Internet using a business’s Wi-Fi). For the duration of the public emergency, all hotspots run by common carriers – Cox, Comcast, AT&T, etc. – are free for use without having to sign up for an account or provide personal information.

In addition, the Federal Communications Commission has given school districts permission to open their Wi-Fi networks for public use. You may use CFSD’s Wi-Fi network in the parking lots of our schools beginning April 6, 2020. Select "CFSD-Guest" from the list. No password will be required. Note, however, that our network was not designed to cover the parking lots, so the signal will be most usable near the front office of each school.

Currently, all Arizona libraries are closed to the public, but many of them are leaving their Wi-Fi open 24/7 for the public and students to access from their parking lots and from areas just outside of the library. Click on this link to find out which libraries in your area are offering free public Wi-Fi.

NEW: Resource from the Arizona Commerce Authority on broadband providers and what they are offering to families.


Other technology-related resources

Sprint will waive late fees, not terminate any service, and give current customers unlimited data and an additional 20 GB of hotspot service for 60 days.

Verizon is waiving late fees for all existing customers impacted by COVID-19 and will not terminate service through 4/30/20.

T-Mobile is providing families access to unlimited data and providing an additional  20GB of hotspot services for current customers through May 13.

AT&T is waiving data overage fees to customers to ensure families have connectivity, and will not terminate service for the next 60 days. In addition, new qualifying  customers who order Access by April 30, 2020, will receive two months of free service.


Disclaimer: CFSD is providing this information as a service to families. The District is not endorsing the above-mentioned vendors or their services.


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