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Updated Monday, September 14, 2020.

During this public health crisis, local internet service providers are offering free wifi hotspots and low-cost internet solutions. As PCC moves more of it’s courses online during this health crisis, we want to provide students a resource to access free and low-cost internet options. Information on mobile carries response to COVID-19 is also included on this page.

Free wireless hotspots

Xfinity WiFi hotspots

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. To find an Xfinity WiFi hotspot, check the hotspot location map at wifi.xfinity.com or download the Xfinity WiFi hotspots app from the App Store or Google Play.


AT&T hotspots are open to the public. To learn more about AT&T hotspots, visit the AT&T hotspot website.

Internet service provider options

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PCC Foundation and Comcast offer free service

The PCC Foundation has partnered with Comcast to offer it’s Internet Essentials program for free to eligible students for six months. If you are a student currently enrolled at PCC who either is Pell Grant eligible or receives public assistance via a program such as SNAP or Housing Assistance and are interested in having six months of complimentary internet access, please apply for the Comcast Wi-fi Assistance Program. Current Xfinity customers are ineligible to apply. If approved, you will be contacted by the Office of Student Development with more information.

If you have signed up for the Internet Essentials program since March 15, 2020 you may be eligible to have your internet paid for by the Foundation. Please email pccfoundation@pcc.edu with your name, your PCC G number and your Comcast Internet Essentials service address and account number.

Internet Essentials by Comcast

Internet Essentials by Comcast is offering two months of free, high-speed internet to qualified individuals. After the two month free period, customers will be charged $9.95/month (subject to change).

You may qualify if you:

  • Are eligible for public assistance programs like SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, the National School Lunch Programs, and others
  • Live in an area where Comcast internet service is available
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast internet within last 90 days (customers who are only Comcast cable or phone customers may be eligible)
  • Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old.

Internet Essential customers can also purchase a low-cost computer.

To learn more, visit the Internet Essentials website or apply for Internet Essentials now.


Spectrum Cable Internet (aka Charter) is available in parts of Oregon and is offering 2 months free for students. They are not available in Portland metro area.

Lifeline Support

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both.

Mobile carriers

Most major mobile phone carriers have signed on to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and will:

  • Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please check with your cell phone provider for specifics.

PCC does not endorse any of these third-party providers. This website is intended to serve as a resource to students.