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Technology Resources for Remote Learning: Internet/ WiFi Options

Free Internet Offers

Free Internet Offers for Students

Several internet service providers are offering free or discounted options for students during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Charter -  https://www.spectrum.com/services/wisconsin

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Comcasthttps://www.xfinity.com/locations/internet-service-providers-in-my-area

New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.

TDShttps://hellotds.com/

New customers with students or financial need will be eligible for 60 days of free internet access, to help assist with work- or school-at-home scenarios. Call 1-866-278-2472 or visit https://hellotds.com/

Other major internet providers in Wisconsin:

For a complete list of internet providers in your area:

MC-Secure Parking Lot Access

The College has expanded the MC-Secure WiFi access to various campus parking lots. If you're having connectivity issues with your home internet access, you can drive to campus and connect your device to MC-Secure to complete coursework. Please read details and regulations below regarding the use of this service:

  • MC-Secure WiFi is available between 7:00am – 8:00pm, 7 days/week.
  • You will need to log in with your Madison College username and password.
  • You must park in designated spaces while using the WiFi (see below for specific locations).
  • You must arrive in and remain in a vehicle and practice mandated social distancing at all times.
  • Public Safety will monitor these areas at Truax. Regional campus parking lots are monitored 24/7.

Madison Campuses:

  • Truax – parking area north side of Health and Information Technology Building
  • Goodman South – parking area nearest back/south entrance

Regional Campuses:

  • Fort Atkinson – parking area – first, second rows of parking area on north side of building
  • Watertown – parking area – first and second rows
  • Portage – parking area – first and second rows
  • Reedsburg – parking area on east and north sides of the building

Additional Assistance:

  • If you need help logging into MC-Secure WiFi, visit our Wireless help guide or contact us directly at

          608-243-4444.

Hotspot Information

Hotspot Models Available through Madison College

The College has an inventory of hotspots available for student use for the remainder of the semester. These mobile hotspots will be activated with data plans provided by Sprint and at no cost to students. Please contact us by phone 608-243-4444 or email if you'd like to request a hotspot. Below is some information about the models that are available.

Coolpad 

coolpad hotspot

MiFi 8000

PocketWiFi

pocket wifi hotspot

Coverage Area Information:

  • Unfortunately we cannot 100% guarantee these hotspots will work in every area. 
  • Most hotspots will work anywhere a cell phone works.
  • Check https://coverage.sprint.com for specific details on the coverage available with these Sprint models.

Other Options:

  • Consider using your cell phone as a hotspot. Please note this option may require additional data through your wireless provider.
  • Consider purchasing a hotspot from a wireless provider that does provide coverage in your area.
  • If funding is needed for either of those options, the College does encourage students to apply for emergency funding to help you cover the cost.