Internet Connectivity Options

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CSM Wi-Fi Connection Information

Wi-Fi is available at campus locations while campuses are open.

Network: CSM-Wifi
Password: wireless@CSM

Internet Connectivity Options for Southern Maryland

Updated 5/13/2021

In response to COVID-19, some Internet providers are offering free services to those in need. Below is a list of options available in Southern Maryland:

The Tri-County Area Libraries will be providing 24/7 Wifi access within the public library parking lots:

  • Calvert County
    • Prince Frederick Branch 850 Costle Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    • Fairview Branch 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd, Owings, MD 20736
    • Southern Branch 13920 HG Trueman Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
    • Twin Beaches Branch 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    • Now offering Mobile Hot Spot Checkouts. For more information and to check one out:
  • Charles County
    • La Plata Branch 2 Garrett Ave, La Plata, MD 20646
    • P.D. Brown Memorial Branch 50 Village St., Waldorf, MD 20602
    • Potomac Branch 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head, 20640
    • Waldorf West Branch 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
    • *Charles County Public Schools are also providing hotspots in the school parking lots.
  • St. Mary’s County 
    • Charlotte Hall Library 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall, MD
    • Leonardtown Library 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD
    • Lexington Park Library 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park, MD
    • The St. Mary’s County Library Library buildings are open by appointment for computer, copier, and fax use only. The shelves are closed to browsing. To make a computer/copier/fax appointment, call your LibraryAppointments for curbside pickup of holds are available. See the latest updates.

Government Assistance:

  • Lifeline is a government program backed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It provides a monthly phone or internet service discount for low-income households. At the time of writing, Lifeline benefits give eligible subscribers a discount of at least $9.25 per month off landline phone service, wireless phone service, broadband, or bundled services. Internet service providers in Southern Maryland: Xfinity, Verizon, and Atlantic Broadband.
  • Some families and communities can qualify for free or price-reduced internet through government and social programs like Lifeline and EveryoneOn, but for those who don’t qualify and still want to save money, it can be difficult to find low-cost internet options.
  • NEW! The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Learn more at
    • The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    • The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. The program also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.

    • A household is eligible if one member of the home meets at least one of the criteria below:
      • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
      • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
      • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
      • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
      • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
    • Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment opens May 12, 2021.
    • For more information on the application process in St. Mary’s County, go to the Atlantic Broadband website at  or Comcast’s Emergency Broadband Benefits Program page Eligible households can also enroll directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.

  • If you need only bare bones internet, there are a few internet providers who offer limited free internet service:
    • NetZero offers customers up to 10 hours of free dial-up internet use every month. The connection requires a home phone line, and it’s limited to data speeds of around 56 Kbps (about half of 1 Mbps). It’s not a fast-enough connection for online gaming or streaming video content, but it’ll do for basic messaging, email, and web browsing if you’re patient.
    • FreedomPop also has a few options for free internet service. The company offers both free mobile phone service and free home internet service via 4G LTE connections. The high-speed internet claims to be faster than DSL (and definitely faster than dial-up), but you’re limited to 1 GB of data per month.

Mobile Services

A list of mobile providers and their response to COVID-19:

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