WCTEL/WCFIBER LAUNCHES SPECIAL PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT REMOTE LEARNING FOR GRADES K-12 AND COLLEGE STUDENTS IN THE SOUTHEAST AND JOINS FCC IN PLEDGE TO “KEEP AMERICANS CONNECTED”
ABBEVILLE, SC | March 17, 2020 – As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic increasingly impacts families and businesses across the Southeast, WCTEL is partnering with educators, including McCormick, Abbeville, Greenwood, Anderson and Newberry County Schools, to ensure students have the necessary Internet connectivity to continue their studies during school closings. WCTEL announced today special programs to support remote learning for students in grades K-12 and college.
To ease the strain in this challenging time, effective immediately:
- WCTEL will offer free Internet service for 60 days to households in its service area with K-12 or college students who do not already have a WCTEL Internet subscription.
- WCTEL will also offer free Internet speed upgrades for 60 days to existing customers to ensure they have the necessary bandwidth to accommodate higher Internet usage in their homes during this time.
- WCTEL has identified locations to provide free WiFi hotspots. These hotspots will enable students that do not otherwise have access to a broadband connection to complete schoolwork in an outdoor environment or from the safety of their family vehicles. For a complete list of sites, please visit https://www.wctel.com/wifi-hotspots/.
- To learn more about these programs, please visit: https://www.wctel.com/covid-19/ or call us at (864) 446-2111.
The Keep Americans Connected Pledge launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Given the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, WCTEL pledges for the next 60 days to:
(1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
(2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
(3) open up FREE public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The West Carolina Tel family of companies, including WCTEL and WCFIBER, combine a tradition of service with the best technology available. Friendly, community-minded employees are committed to building a fiber network that is ready for whatever the future of technology may hold. The fiber optic network provides wireline and wireless voice, data, video, security, and hosted business services in a four-county area in South Carolina and to neighboring Greenwood, SC, Newberry, SC, and Columbia County, GA. To find out more about West Carolina Tel, visit www.wctel.com. West Carolina Tel is designated as a nationally Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. Funds provided by unclaimed Capital Credits as enabled by South Carolina legislation.