Free Internet Resources

  • We understand there are homes in Carroll County that do not have internet access and that will certainly complicate online instruction. 

    But we do have some suggestions, please keep reading!

    First and foremost, please stay in close contact with your instructors as you navigate this challenge.  There are creative solutions that many of your instructors are already thinking about. 

    Please see our recommendations of free internet resources below.

    Carroll Community College Parking Lot Access To Free Wi-Fi

    Carroll Community College is offering access to free Wi-Fi from the campus parking lot.  Signal strength is strong throughout all of the areas highlighted on the coverage map below.

    Parking Lot Wireless Coverage Map for web


    Xfinity Hotspot Locations

    Carroll has talked to Xfinity/Comcast about offering free access to their hotspots in the community at no charge for the next 60 days. Students can access the site using the link below for more information.

    https://Wi-Fi.xfinity.com/

    “Xfinity Wi-Fi Free For Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, visit https://www.xfinity.com/Wi-Fi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinityWi-Fi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.”  

    https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

    Visit the web address above and provide your zip code. You will see a map like the following that shows hotspot locations for free Wi-Fi access. Xfinity provides instructions just below the map for how to connect to their hotspots.

    Xfinity Wi-Fi Map Example

     

    Ting Wi-Fi location in Westminster

    During the current crisis, Ting has worked with the City of Westminster staff and Council to try to make sure everyone has access to critical communications infrastructure. Together, we have activated public drive-up Wi-Fi in town so that people can access the Internet from their vehicle at the Conway Lot, which many of you will recognize as the location of the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market, at 27 Railroad Avenue.

    There is a splash page welcoming Ting Park & Wi-Fi users that reminds them to please stay in their vehicles, minimize social interaction, maintain social distancing protocols and adhere to the suggestions made by our local leaders.

    Carroll County Public Libraries Free Wi-Fi Access

    Carroll County Public Libraries are offering access to free Wi-Fi from their parking lots 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    There will also be access to the Wi-Fi in the park in front of the Westminster library branch.

    Internet access through your cell phone wireless provider

    • AT&T: For the next 60 days, AT&T is making all of its public Wi-Fi hotspots open for free access by anyone. Here are instructions for locating their hotspots: https://www.att.com/support/article/wireless/KM1103818/
    • Comcast: Comcast is now offering an “Internet Essentials” package that provides 60 days of free service and a $9.95 per-month plan after that time.
      Comcast is also making all of its Wi-Fi hotspots available for free public use and has provided instructions and a map for connecting to this free service. Access to Comcast Wi-Fi is now open across hundreds of locations across the region. See Xfinity Hotspot Locations above for more information.
    • Sprint and T-Mobile are allowing existing customers unlimited smartphone data and an additional 20GB of tethering and hotspot data for the next 60 days.

    Internet access through retail outlets

    Though many of these retail outlets are closed, for some, the parking lot is a safe place to access the Wi-Fi, if possible:
    https://www.thesimpledollar.com/save-money/ten-places-to-find-free-wi-fi-in-any-neighborhood/

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