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Public Libraries to Launch Laptop/Hotspot Loan Program to help Bridge Digital Divide

BCPL has a new laptop and hotspot loaning initiative!

New Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program

Consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the EBB Program on May 12, 2021.

The EBB Program is a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program (similar to Lifeline) that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

For more information and to apply visit:

Free Community WIFI


The following interactive maps shows lot-locations in WNC where broadband is available. 

Skyrunner Internet Access Offer:

(Posted 9/11/2020 ) Skyrunner Internet in Asheville has broadband wireless service available in much of our school district including many locations that do not have cellular coverage.  To determine if this is an option at your location, complete the form at or call them at 828-258-8562.  Skyrunner also offers discounted services to qualifying households. Families qualifying for free and/or reduced lunch get half off of the typical $99 installation fee and $25/month for 150GB of 5Mbps up/down service (normally $45/month).

Spectrum Internet Assist Offer:

(Posted 9/11/2020) Eligible households with access to Charter service can receive discounted 30Mbps Internet access for $17.99 per month. 

AT&T Internet Access Offer:

(Updated 9/28/2020) Access from AT&T expanded from SNAP to include National School Lunch and Head Start programs. Expanded eligibility based on income (135% or less than federal poverty guidelines) and to households participating in the National School Lunch and Head Start programs. Internet service for no more than $10/mo. Includes a data allowance of 150GB or 1TB depending on speed available in your area. $10 charge for each additional 50GB. Visit  or call 1-855-220-5211 for complete information and to apply. Update: AT&T, one of the country's main Internet providers, is waiving its home Internet data overage charges through Dec. 31 as many families are both working from home and participating in remote learning at unprecedented rates. We’re automatically waiving home Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet customers through December 31. That means new and existing AT&T Fiber and AT&T Internet customers can use unlimited data and won’t see overage charges on their home Internet bill through December 31.

French Broad Electric Fiber Availability:

(Posted 9/18/2020) French Broad Electric Membership now has fiber connectivity available in the Grandview, Locus Grove, and Oak Grove Road areas of Buncombe County. They are in progress of adding additional coverage areas. French Broad typically covers up to $2,500 for any special construction installation charges to connect fiber to the home. They offer $50/month (25Mbps up/down) and $75/month (1Gbps up/down) pricing tiers.  Pricing: Coverage map:


Affordable Low-Cost @Home Internet Programs

Charter Communications

Charter Spectrum has announced free Internet access for 60 days starting March 16, 2020 to non-Charter customer households with K-12 and/or college students that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100Mbps. To enroll in Charter's temporary free-broadband program, eligible consumers must call 844-488-8395.

FCC Modernizes Lifeline Program for the Digital Age




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