How to Get Internet Access

  • Hotspots are in high demand around the country with many more individuals working online from home. LOSD has ordered hotspots for those students who do not have any Internet access at home. As soon as the hotspots arrive at LOSD, we will be reaching out to those students to coordinate a delivery.

    We understand as students begin their distance learning opportunities that you will have even greater demands on your home bandwidth. We want to assure you that the distance learning opportunities will be flexible, allowing students to engage online at different and various times to accommodate teachers, staff, students and families’ demands of working from home.

    Here are some additional tips to help all of us working from home:

    • If you have a modern cell phone, it is very likely able to function as a hotspot. If you need help with that, you can call your service provider. The steps vary by provider and phone.

    • Many local Internet providers have initiated free programs to help during these times. We can't guarantee that your local companies have such a program but they just might. It is worth a call to your local phone company (think of who would give you an old-fashioned landline) or your local cable TV company. This would be the best option in most cases — free and possibly the best quality of service.

    • Comcast recently announced that they have opened free access to all of their "public" hotspots - https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19. Go to http://wifi.xfinity.com/, click on "Find a Hotspot", enter your zip code, and you will get a map of the areas where this should be available.

    • Comcast also has their Internet Essentials program that they are offering to qualified homes for no charge for two months. More information is available at https://internetessentials.com.

    Thank you for your understanding, flexibility and resourcefulness as we navigate this new way of teaching and learning.