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Welcome to the Quarantine Resources Libguide. As classes move online, and businesses close or modify hours to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the goal of this guide is to highlight resources available through the RCBC library to students and staff, as well as free resources available on the internet to effectively occupy newly available time.
If you are seeking subject or topic specific information, please take a look at the other available RCBC Libguides.
New Jersey COVID-19 Resources
Accessing the internet
For complete information for current customers or new customers, please check out the company websites for the most updated information and contact that company for more information.
Comcast Internet Essentials
"As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to make it easier to connect low-income families to home Internet.
New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service if you apply and are approved by June 30, 2021. After promotion, regular rates apply.
For all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased from 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream.
Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. We are waiving this qualification if you apply and are approved by 06/30/21. After 06/30/21, standard eligibility rules apply."
https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 (as of 3/19/2021) See website for more details.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
"The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. 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.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household" Updated 2/26/2021. See website for more details. https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
"We are committed to keeping our communities connected and offer affordable options to ensure our customers can receive internet solutions that meet their needs. For qualified households, we offer our 30 Mbps Altice Advantage Internet service for just $14.99 per month, which includes free equipment, unlimited data, discounted installation and the option to cancel anytime. For those households needing more speed, we also have a range of speed options available to choose from.
For New Jersey Residents: If you have a child (K-12) living in your household full-time who uses your internet service for education purposes, you are eligible to sign up for our Altice Advantage Internet 30MB offer at $14.99/mo, even if your Optimum service was previously disconnected for non-payment." Updated as of 3/19/2021. See website for details. https://www.optimum.com/coronavirus