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Parents: Internet Access

The Importance of Internet Access
Access to the Internet is becoming indispensable in today's world, with more and more work taking place online.
The evidence is overwhelming that providing students with age-appropriate Internet access helps them succeed at school and beyond.
 
Internet Access falls into 3 broad categories:
Home Wired Internet Access
Cellular Internet
Public Internet Access
 
 
Home Wired Internet Access
 
Phone companies such as AT&T, cable companies such as Xfinity and satellite companies such as Hughesnet all offer wired home Internet service, using your phone line, coaxial cable or a satellite dish to connect.
A wired home Internet setup is generally cheaper and more reliable than cellular Internet (see Cellular Internet below).
 
Qualifying low income families can obtain home internet access for a low monthly fee from many Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Each has their own program; see the links below for details from each ISP (program details subject to change):
 
 
 
Cellular Internet
 
Most smartphones are capable of creating a wireless network or hotspot, that other devices such as computers can connect to.
Your cellular provider and your phone plan determine if you can use the hotspot feature, how much data you can use each month, and how much bandwidth (speed) you can expect.
A cellular hotspot is generally the most expensive way of accessing the Internet, but depending on your location, it may be the only option available to you.
 
 
Public Internet Access
Libraries, Shopping Malls, Restaurants, Cafes and Department Stores are among the many public locations that provide free WiFi for public use. Often you can connect to the WiFi without entering the premises. In some locations the WiFi can be very fast. However, be wary of free WiFi that does not require a password to connect; your online activity can potentially be intercepted by other users.