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Beginning on March 16, K-12 and college students may have access to free Wi-Fi.

Spectrum is partnering with school districts to offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to help students during school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.

"This is an example of private business stepping up and stepping in to secure our most valuable asset in Hawaiʻi — our young people and future leaders," House Speaker Scott Saiki said in a news release. 

Spectrum is also opening this offer up to people who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

In addition, Spectrum will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its 41-state footprint for public use and will not cancel services to any residential or small business customers due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus and inability to pay bills. Late fees will also be waived. 

"The House of Representatives created this Select Committee to recommend actions that can be taken by all sectors to secure Hawaiʻi’s economy and financial viability," Saiki said. "We all know that maintaining public confidence during a time like this is essential for Hawaiʻi’s recovery. This Select Committee demonstrates that we are all in this together and that we will be prepared." 

Charter Communications, marked under the Spectrum brand name, has approximately 29 million customers across a 41-state footprint.

"I look forward to reporting more initiatives like this in the following weeks," Saiki said. 

The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness met for the first time yesterday “to prepare the state for the economic effects of the disease,” according to the press release. 

The next meeting is scheduled for March 23 at the State Capitol. 

For information about the committee go to: capitol.hawaii.gov/specialcommittee.aspx?comm=cov&year=2020.

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Geneva Diaz is a senior majoring in Journalism with a minor in Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her goals are to work in radio journalism as an environmental journalist.