DECS Internet Options for Families in Need

In order to assist our families in distance learning during the 2020-21 school year we have a few options for free or reduced-cost Internet that may be available for your students.

DECS families that qualify for free and reduced lunches are eligible to apply for  assistance in obtaining viable Internet for student academic use.  These services are being made available by DECS for the use of enrolled students. At the end of the academic year and / or a student’s unenrollment from DECS, all services will be suspended and all issued hardware will need to be returned.  Below is a list of the options available at this time:

Spectrum Enterprise Stay Connected Program

  • Spectrum Enterprise is providing a cable-based, 50MB Download / 5 MB Upload  Internet solution to families that qualify for free and reduced lunches. Household addresses will be provided by DECS and reviewed by Spectrum for installation viability and will require cable to be presently run – or easily run –  to the dwelling. Families that have applied for this service and live at an Internet-viable address will be sent a cable modem directly at no charge and DECS will handle all the monthly billing.

TechSoupMobile Beacon Donation Program

  • TechSoup.org, an online marketplace that provides technology resources to non-profit organizations, is providing DECS with a number of mobile hotspots that can be deployed to DECS families that qualify for free and reduced lunches. These mobile hot-spots will provide Internet connectivity to students for academic purposes on par to a 3G cellular network data connection. There are no contract or service fees and DECS will handle all the monthly billing.

If you would like to be considered for one of these options, please contact Harold Dols at harold.dols@duluthedison.com or by calling him at (218) 728-9556, ext. 5011. 

 

AN OPTION FAMILIES MAY PURSUE ON YOUR OWN 

Spectrum EnterpriseInternet Assist Program

  •  For families that would like to pursue their own options directly with Internet providers, Spectrum is offering discounted internet to qualifying families with a program called ‘Internet Assist’. The program does not have any installation costs or hidden fees, requires no contract and is always on. Clicking this LINK will take you directly to an online application form with Spectrum.

 

COMMUNITY OPTIONS ARE STILL UNFOLDING 

EcolibriumNon-Profit organization providing support to the Lincoln Park Area

  • Ecolibrium has been contracted by the City of Duluth to explore solutions on providing high-speed Internet to families in need located in the Lincoln-Park area. The program is currently in its initial planning stages with a goal to have services available to the public by the end of this year. For further information about Ecolibrium, check out their website at https://www.ecolibrium3.org

 

OTHER OPTIONS: 

  • Other options DECS is exploring include pay-as-you go phones with hot-spot data plans and also providing expanded wifi coverage to the public areas surrounding our buildings that can be easily accessed by vehicle.