Internet Options

During GCISD's current closure and Learning@Home period, it is important that students have access to internet. To better serve our community and work towards our goal of removing barriers for students, the below information has been compiled to help students access the internet. If you have any questions, please contact technology@gcisd.net.

GCISD Outdoor WiFi Access

Parents, students and staff will now be able to access the GCISD Wireless network outside of numerous campuses, including from their vehicles in different parking lots across the District. To better serve our community and work towards our goal of removing barriers for students during the closure, the seven campuses and buildings listed below will have WiFi access outside.

Once in the designated area, any GCISD device will be able to connect to the GCISD Wireless network. The GCISD Guest network will also be accessible in the marked locations. A password is not needed to access the GCISD Guest network, but guests will be asked to enter their name.

To ensure you can connect to WiFi, please view the maps below that indicate the best place for connection at each location.

Administration Building Map
Cannon Elementary School Map
Cross Timbers Middle School Map
Dove Elementary School Map
Glenhope Elementary School Map
Silver Lake Elementary School Map
Timberline Elementary School Map

Internet Provider Special Offers

NOTE: GCISD does not endorse any of the below companies. Please double check with the provider to ensure the below offers are still available and current.


Home Internet

AT&T
All data caps lifted for home internet customers.

Comcast
New Comcast Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households (it is normally $9.95/month plus tax). Apply by April 30, 2020. All data caps lifted for home internet customers.

Apply Online: https://apply.internetessentials.com | Spanish
Apply by Phone: 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)

Spectrum (Charter Communications)
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. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. All data caps lifted for home internet customers.

Apply by Phone: 1-844-488-8395

SuddenLink (Altice)
For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Altice USA (SuddenLink) is offering the Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household.

Apply by Phone: 1-888-633-0030


Mobile Phone Data Plans

T-Mobile

  • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
  • All T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days coming soon.

Sprint

  • Starting Thursday, March 19, the carrier will offer free unlimited data for 60 days to all customers currently on any data plan, plus an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data. Sprint soon plans to provide the same mobile hotspot data allowance to all customers with a hotspot-enabled device, whether or not they currently subscribe to a hotspot-included plan, though no date has yet been set for this rollout.
  • To ensure full and reliable coverage, Sprint is also increasing its network capacity in high-use areas. Its 1Million Project school district participants, which receive 10GB of free high-speed wireless data per month, will get an additional 10GB of monthly data until June 30.

AT&T

  • While AT&T is providing unlimited home internet to current broadband customers, AT&T has yet to roll out similar unlimited data provisions for its wireless customers.

Verizon

  • Verizon will waive activation fees on new lines of service and upgrade fees starting March 18. This applies to all purchases and service-only activations made through Verizon digital channels, such as verizonwireless.com and the My Verizon app.