PHLConnectED aims to connect 35,000 low-income K-12 student households in Philadelphia with internet service, laptops, and digital skills training through a two-year initiative.
The three core components of the PHLConnectED program are:
- Wired, high-speed, reliable internet to the home at no-cost from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, or a high-speed mobile hotspot for families who are housing-insecure from T-Mobile.
- Distribution of devices, such as Chromebooks, tablets, or computers. The School District or the student’s specific school will provide the preferred device solution.
- Free skills training and tech support for students, families, and teachers to ensure they not only get connected but also stay connected and safely take full advantage of all that the Internet has to offer.
In the first phase of the program, households with students enrolled in grades K-12 who do not currently have broadband internet access are eligible. Agencies serving households that may be eligible can encourage them to dial 2-1-1 for more information or visit the City's website.