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Urban News Staff Reports

With the COVID-19 virus having unprecedented impacts on society and keeping millions of students and teachers home for the foreseeable future, AT&T is stepping up to enable virtual classrooms across America.

 AT&T is offering schools a way to save on unlimited wireless broadband connectivity for students.  Through May 22, qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices will get the wireless data service at no cost for 60 days.

AT&T is also making  AccessMyLANTM for the qualified lines available at no cost for 60 days.1 This service allows school administrators to manage the internet sites their students can access to help protect them from unsafe content and also to block malicious sites, malware and hacking attempts.

“We know that schools and universities across America are grappling with the impact of COVID-19, and that moving the classroom into the home requires access to the internet for all students,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP-chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “This is an important step to help schools address the challenge.  AT&T is committed to finding innovative ways to support education institutions during this public health crisis.”

To keep administrators, teachers, parents, and students connected, we’re also offering AT&T Office@Hand Premium powered by RingCentral at no cost for eligible new customers in K-12 education, as well as healthcare and non-profit social services for up to 60 days with agreement. This enables schools to quickly activate video meetings and always-on chat groups where teachers and students can share files and collaborate on assignments. Schools can setup hotline, phone, fax and SMS capabilities through Office@Hand mobile and computer apps.

To further support Internet access to communities across the country, we’ve expanded our low-cost option for home Internet service, the Access from AT&T program. In addition to those previously qualifying as limited income households for $10 per month service, now households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start are eligible. We’re also offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

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