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Internet Access

Once you have a technology device set up, you will need to connect it to the Internet to access classroom materials and other learning content. Below are a number of options that are available to students.

Get Internet Access

CPS families have a number of options for connecting to the internet, including  through an internet service provider, a mobile hotspot, or the Chicago Connected program. External companies and their service options are not affiliated with CPS.

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No Cost High-Speed Internet For Eligible CPS Families

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Find Low-Cost Internet Options

CPS has evaluated a number of packages for internet access and has collected the following list of low-cost options. Data may be transmitted using several technologies, including DSL, cable modem, wireless, hotspots or dedicated high-speed internet.

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Using Internet Service

Once you have internet service and a technology device, you will need to connect your device to the Wi-Fi network. This process is similar, but slightly different depending on the device you are connecting. Please refer to the Wi-Fi connection settings provided by your device manufacturer or service provider to get connected to the internet.

Using Your Phone as a Personal Hotspot

You can use your phone’s mobile data to connect another phone, tablet, or computer to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some mobile phones can share Wi-Fi connections by tethering.

When you use Personal Hotspot, your phone can share data with other devices, transmitting and receiving data for these devices. If you have the available data on your cellular plan, it's another option to connect devices to the Internet.

Many Apple and Android mobile phones can be set up to share the Internet.
Important: Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your mobile phone carrier.

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How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) when you don't have access to a Wi-Fi network.

For step by step instructions from Apple, go to

Use Instant Hotspot to connect to your Personal Hotspot without entering a password

With Instant Hotspot, the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) can provide Internet access to a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without requiring you to enter the password.

For instructions from Apple, go to