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Internet Services & Resources

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new guidance related to the Emergency Broadbrand Benefit Program. The program provides a $50 per month broadband benefit for qualifying individuals, including students receiving a pell grant. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. You can find more informaiton at on this federal program at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
 
Several internet providers are offering service at no-cost, low-cost or with waived fees. There are further affordable internet services and programs listed highspeedinternet.com
 
You might be eligible for the federal Lifeline program, which offers a monthly credit towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers. See lifelinesupport.org for more information on this federal program.

 

KU Campus Resources


Student Technology Lending Programs

KU IT has partnered with Student Money Management Services and the KU Bookstore to create two programs to help currently enrolled KU Lawrence/Edwards Campus students who may not have an appropriate technology device or adequate internet connectivity due to situations created by the pandemic. 

Students who are provided a laptop and/or hot spot will need to return devices at the end of the spring 2021 semester, or when they are no longer enrolled in courses - whichever comes first. 

Update for spring 2021: We have distributed all of the laptops or hotspots we have available. 

If you are a graduate assistant, graduate research assistant, or graduate teaching assistant, please note that there are employee-specific resources available, for which you may qualify. If you have technology needs impacting your KU work-responsibilities, please contact your Technology Support Center staff to ask for their help in locating a device to borrow.

Questions about this application? Please contact infotechnology@ku.edu

KU Libraries

The KU Libraries have stationary computers, scanners, and printers available throughout their spaces available for use during their hours of operation. Students can also checkout laptops, headphones, voice recorders and calculators for free on a first-come, first-served basis in the Anschutz Library Learning Studio or at Watson Library. Technology is also available for check out at the Murphy Art & Architecture Library, the Spahr Engineering Library, and the Music & Dance Library


KU Information Technology

KU IT provides assistance with general technology questions. They also have information on how students can access the Microsoft Office 365 Suite Software (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) for free.


KU Tech Shop

The KU Bookstore has a Tech Shop where students can purchase technology supplies. The Tech Shop also provides a trade-in service where individuals can trade in used electronics at market value.

  • Location: Kansas Union, Second Floor
  • Phone: 785-864-1361   Email: techshop@ku.edu

 

Community Resources


Connecting For Good

Connecting for Good is a program based in Kansas City that assists low-income communities gain access to internet and training on digital literacy. Their Purchase A Computer Program provides refurbished, donated desktops and laptops at low prices for low-income individuals.

  • Location: 2006 N 3rd St.   Phone: 913-730-0677

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

  • This program is still being established by the FCC and has not started yet - please find more information as it becomes available at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

Lifeline

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet bills for eligible subscribers. Eligible customers will get a credit paid towards their monthly bill. 


Internet Assistance for Low-Income Families and Individuals

Through this link you will find a comprehensive list of financial assistance and Internet Service programs for eligible families and individuals. The guide will allow you to learn about resources available during COVID-19, how to apply for low-income internet service, and how to qualify for free or discounted computers, mobile plans and phones.


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