K-12 Internet Access Program
The current Internet Access Program (IAP) administered through OSPI is set to end on June 30, 2021. As we plan for this transition, we want to take a moment to thank you for your extraordinary efforts in connecting your district’s families with broadband services and ask for your continued support as we move to this next phase.
Starting in early May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will implement the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Families currently being supported by district funding will be required to end services with current providers in order to enroll in the EBB program. To enroll families, the FCC will be utilizing the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) for the enrollment process (see resource links below).
Communication to families from trusted partners such as your school district, is critical to successfully transitioning families to EBB. We have gathered a number of resources to support communications with families as well as help you answer questions.
Additional communication materials are being developed in multiple languages and will be available at the FCC Outreach Toolkit page.
Resources for Districts:
- Department of Commerce EBB Overview Presentation (.PDF attached)
- “Template” communications for families (SMS/Email)
Resources to share with families:
Ways to Enroll
- Sign up through an eligible Internet Service Provider
- Current Lifeline customers: https://www.lifelinesupport.org/
- Only seeking the Emergency Broadband Benefit: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/
The K–12 Internet Access Program connects students in need to internet access at home with no cost to the student or their family.
Through the program, students whose families are low-income and are not currently connected to the internet can get connected through the end of the 2020–21 school year for free.
To be eligible for the program, students and their families must:
- Not have had internet connectivity in the home prior to August 2020.
- Be able to show they are low-income and eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Learn more about this program by visiting the OSPI website at the following link:
Your family may be eligible to receive free internet service through June 30, 2021 from Ziply Fiber. Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program gives eligible families free internet access so your student can connect to online learning from home. As your neighborhood internet provider, Ziply Fiber is proud to be part of this important program.
To qualify for this program your household must meet the following criteria:
- your child must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals through your school and
- your household had no internet connection in your home prior to August 2020
If you qualify and are interested in this program, you will not pay for installation nor equipment rental, and you will never receive a bill from us unless you decide to keep internet service from Ziply Fiber after the school year ends. You will need to pay for any damaged or lost equipment.
Through this program, you will receive quality high speed internet access (speeds will vary by location) that in most cases, will provide ample bandwidth for remote learning and video conferencing. Your student deserves the chance to learn without limits so you can also count on us to provide unlimited data.
To apply, just call us at 866-916-0139 and provide this promo code: fer2020. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm PST, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm PST.
To confirm your eligibility, Ziply Fiber will need a few details from you about your income. This information will be shared with Washington’s K–12 education department through a secure access portal and will never be used for any other purpose. Please note, the State of Washington will audit eligibility throughout the program. Should they determine your eligibility status has changed, service will be discontinued under terms of this program.
Once you are approved for the K–12 Internet Access Program, you will get fast, free Ziply Fiber internet through June 30, 2021. It’s easy to continue with us after that; we have no contracts and offer several affordable plan options.
Ziply Fiber is committed to helping your student stay connected. We’re fast, reliable and friendly. We’re Ziply Fiber.
You may be eligible to receive internet service at your home for free. Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program allows students and their families who previously didn’t have internet access to connect at no cost to you. There will be no credit check or denial based on past-due bills.
How is this free?
Costs are being paid for this program out of Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, using CARES Act money, which is Covid-19 related grant funding.
Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, by the provider Presidio, include a choice of either:
- Free broadband internet connectivity where available
- Free MoFi (Mobile HotSpot) internet connectivity where available
Free. There will be no fees for installation or equipment, and you will never receive a bill. No credit checks or denial based on past due bills.
♦ You will need to pay for any damaged or lost equipment.
Length of service:
If you are approved for the K–12 Internet Access Program, internet access will be provided to you, at no cost, through June 30, 2021.
♦ If you want to continue with internet service after June 30, 2021, it will become your financial responsibility. To continue, you will need to contact your internet provider and make arrangements for this. Otherwise, your service will automatically end when the program ends.
Your family can participate in the program if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the school and you did not have internet connectivity in your home before August 2020.
To apply for the Presidio Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program:
- Fill out the enrollment form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FreeSchoolInternetWA
Spanish enrollment form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InternetGratisEscolarWA
- You will receive a response within 3 business days.
- Sign up with an ISP will then follow. Follow instructions outlined with the internet service provider.
REFERRAL CODE: WA2020
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 12/31/2020
Your participation in the program will not be shared outside of your School District and Washington’s K–12 education department.
We know that many families depend on the Internet, whether at school or at home, so they can do homework, search for jobs, access financial or government services and much more. That is why Comcast is excited to let you know that they'd like to sponsor your monthly recurring service fee for Internet Essentials for up to the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year, if you are eligible and are approved.
Features of Internet Essentials include:
- High-speed Internet service (25/3 Mbps), regular price for Internet Essentials is $9.95 +applicable tax per month (their sponsorship will pay this monthly recurring fee)
- No term contract
- No credit check
- Free self-install kit
- The option to purchase an Internet ready computer for just $149.99 + tax
- Free online digital training classes and access to the Internet Essentials online Learning Center
Please contact the Ferndale School District at 360-383-9200 to find out if you are eligible and receive a promo code.
If you have questions about the K-12 Internet Access Program, please contact the District Office at 360-383-9200.
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