Antietam Broadband is partnering with Hagerstown Community College (HCC) to provide high-speed internet to eligible students in response to COVID-19. The service is being offered through Antietam’s Edu-Net Program, which aims to ensure students can complete coursework from home while studying remotely, reported the Herald-Mail.
“These are challenging times for students and educators,” said Jim Klauber, president of Hagerstown Community College. “Antietam Broadband recognized our internet access needs and were able to quickly provide a solution that supports our students and our community.”
The program applies to students who are currently enrolled at HCC, are fully eligible for the PELL Grant Program, and live in an area where Antietam Broadband service is available. Another stipulation of eligibility is that students must not have subscribed to high-speed internet within the past 90 days.
According to the Herald-Mail, eligible students will receive 60 days of high-speed broadband for free, including in-home installation and free WiFi access. After 60 days, Antietam will guarantee service for up to six months at a fee of $15 per month. Eligible students can apply here.
“We understand how important internet service is, especially given the current situation. Our team members are committed to meeting these demands head-on in support of our community,” said Antietam Broadband President Brian Lynch. “While our network is experiencing increased demand, the network is performing well, and we have the needed capacity to absorb the increase.”
Antietam has also provided over 120 WiFi hotspots for residents of Washington County. To work through increased capacity needs, Antietam technicians are performing maintenance and service installations. In addition, data cap fees for all customers exceeding their limits are suspended through April 30, late fees are being temporarily waived, and disconnections of service due to failure to pay are temporarily suspended, reported the Herald-Mail.
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