We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure all students can access the internet for virtual learning. We will continue to collaborate with local government and area organizations and businesses for as long as it takes to make sure no student is without internet.
MMSD Mobile Hotspots
For families that are still in need of internet access, MMSD has hotspots for student usage during this time of virtual learning. Please reach out to your school LMTS/Librarian, and they will ensure that your family receives a hotspot for educational usage.
MMSD's Wireless Access Points
MMSD's Wireless Access Points (WAPs) have been installed at Leopold, Mendota, Toki/Orchard Ridge, Lincoln and Falk. These WAPs will allow staff and students to access MMSD wireless internet from outside the building using their MMSD-issued device. These WAPs will not allow access to the internet using a non-MMSD device. The range of these WAPs is up to 500 feet from the buildings. Wireless internet will be available from 8 am-5 pm seven days a week.
Why these sites?
We targeted schools and neighborhoods with the greatest concentration of students without internet access. Many of these students will be within close walking distance of these sites.
Safe Social Distancing Guidelines:
If possible, we recommend accessing the internet from a vehicle.
If students walk to the site to access the internet, we recommend the following:
Maintain social distance and sit at least 6 feet from others
Visit the site for only the time necessary to complete your school work
Students should be accompanied by an adult
Students should use schools as a resource for educational purposes only. This means that students should plan to use the school’s WiFi for the following reasons:
To meet with teachers at the scheduled time for either direct instruction or one-on-one meetings.
To download resources that have been provided to the student from teachers. Please know that you will be able to download and use any Google for Education Offline and it will sync when you connect to WiFi.
Submit and download assignments.
The Dream Bus bookmobile is now operating as a mobile WiFi hotspot. It will be parked at the the following locations Monday through Thursday. The same social distancing guidelines being used at our school sites apply here as well.
10 a.m -12 p.m. - close to the corner of Monterey Dr. and Trailsway St. near Warner Park
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Allied Drive Learning Center at 2237 Allied Dr.
WiFi network: IBR600B-fe2
Thank you, Dream Bus! The Dream Bus is a partnership between Dane County Library Service, Madison Public Library, and Madison Public Library Foundation.
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across their footprint for public use.
5/1/2020 update: Spectrum announced their plans to extend this program until June 30.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also shared the information on their website.
Verizon will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis.
Sprint announced effective March 19th most Sprint customers with data plans will have unlimited smartphone data through mid-May, along with an additional 20 GB of hotspot/tethering service.
US Cellular announced that they will 1.) not terminate services 2.) wave late fees, and 3.) open their hot-spots to customers who need them.
T-Mobile / Sprint: ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans will have unlimited smartphone data for 60 days, Lifeline customers will receive extra free data up to 5 GB over the next 2 months and current customers will receive a mobile hot spot / tethering service for the next 60 days.