Internet At Home  

Internet At Home

Below is a curated collection of resources for families to obtain and manage broadband Internet in their home:



Many smart phones can be turned into a "hotspot" for use by other devices. Depending on your provider and plan, this may be either free or a small additional charge to your service. If you are unsure about your plan, contact your provider for details.

If you know that your plan provides for hotspot use, this article by PCMagazine, How To Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot should help.


  Comcast Internet Essentials  

Comcast recently it will be increasing speeds for the Internet Essentials program, and making the program free to new low-income customers for two months, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter, Comcast President of Consumer Services Dana Strong said that the change is for the millions of low-income Americans who don't have internet service during this uncertain time.

To sign up, applicants can simply visit The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.



USAC (a funding branch of the FCC) offers a program called Lifeline which provides discounts to qualified families on their home Internet service. To find out more about this program, visit


  Verizon Lifeline  

Verizon offers Verizon Lifeline plans for home phone service or broadband (internet) service. The broadband discount is limited to Fios internet service at a speed of 18 megabits per second or above.

If you qualify for the Lifeline discount service, you are eligible to receive a reduced rate on your Verizon monthly bill. To sign up for this service, please read the attached PDF (English | Spanish) or visit their website at


  Web Filtering  

Web Filtering at Home is a topic we receive questions about from time to time. All District-owned student devices (iPads and Chromebooks) are filtered by District software and configuration to be compliant with federal laws and regulations.

Beyond that, for personally-owned devices as well as for any additional controls you may wish to put in place for all devices in your home, there are two considerations:

  • Your Router which provides Wi-Fi signal to your house may be able to be configured in a variety of ways (content, screen-time, etc.) depending on the make and model of your router. Contact your home Internet provider for help in configuring your home router for this purpose.
  • Filtering Software Subscriptions can be purchased to place additional controls on the content and sites that your home Internet connection offers to its connected devices. A Google/Bing search for "home Internet filtering solutions" will yield a large variety of commercial offerings. Additionally, this recent article from PCMagazine reviews a number of popular home filtering solutions that you may wish to explore.

    Your home Internet provider may also have filtering software resources and preferred filtering solutions that it offers and/or recommends...check with them as well!

  GoGuardian Parent  

GoGuardian Parent App
GoGuardian Parent is an application available on devices running iOS and Android designed to enable the District to share managed user history collected via GoGuardian with verified parents and guardians.

GoGuardian Parent provides Parents and Guardians with the ability to pause their children's internet, block specific websites, and schedule internet availability on managed devices. These features have no guaranteed functionality on personally owned, unmanaged student devices.

The established “school hours” for Mt. Lebanon School District are 7:30am - 4:00pm. Using the GoGuardian Parent app to set filters and time limits on your student will only affect your student’s browsing experience outside of these school hours.

Note: GoGuardian Parent is currently compatible with iOS versions equal to or newer than iOS 8 and Android version equal to or newer than Android Jelly Bean, v16, 4.1.x.

To enroll in GoGuardian Parent for your MTLSD student, follow the directions in this document.