Wander Provides Free Internet in Response to COVID-19 School Closures in Partnership with Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District & Santa Monica Education Foundation

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Effective Immediately, Families with School-Age Children (K-12) Within SMMUSD Eligible for Free High-Speed Internet For Remainder of School Year

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“We strongly believe that public private partnerships during this challenging time are critical to providing stability in our communities,” said David Fields, Co-Founder & CEO of Wander.

Wander, the most affordable, high-speed internet option in the U.S., today announced that it will provide access to free internet for families within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) through the remainder of the school year. In partnership with the SMMUSD and the Santa Monica Education Foundation, parents and their children will have access to secure, reliable and fast internet while school closures and work-from-home mandates are in place.

“We strongly believe that public private partnerships during this challenging time are critical to providing stability in our communities,” said David Fields, CEO of Wander. “We’re proud to be working closely with the school district and the Ed Foundation who have been able to mobilize quickly so we can help provide free internet and more peace of mind to the community.”

Having access to secure, reliable and high-speed internet is critical for parents to adapt to the new and quickly evolving needs at home, whether working from home, homeschooling or enjoying movies and TV together. As COVID-19 has put an increased burden on families and created financial uncertainty for many, free internet provides a digital security net while also helping them save money.

“We are proud to partner with Wander and grateful for their generous contribution that puts families first. We have been working with their leadership team, officials and local leaders who hold these same values to deliver solutions,” said Dr. Jacqueline Mora, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. “Free internet service for families will help students continue to learn and keep the community connected and engaged during this unprecedented time.”

“As one of our Corporate Heroes, Wander continues to make a huge impact on families in our school district,” said Linda Greenberg, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Education Foundation. “Wander’s team has helped us in raising significant proceeds for the foundation. And now, with this generous offer to deliver free internet to families with students, they are showing the power and importance of local businesses, school districts and nonprofits coming together to support the community in times of need.”

Wander is taking all health and safety precautions during installs in accordance with CDC guidelines, such as sanitary disinfecting practices, social distancing and protective gloves. Wander is also working 24/7 to make sure internet needs across Santa Monica are met promptly and with the highest level of customer service. Wander’s local team of internet experts will spend as much time as needed to optimize home internet needs and ensure all technology devices, such as smart TVs, computers and tablets, are set up, work together and stream seamlessly during times of increased usage while families are at home using multiple devices at once.

Wander is also bringing ease to the at-home streaming experience with Wander Freely, Wander’s new streaming portal that offers a curated selection of hundreds of free popular movies, TV shows, news, and education content. This supports consumers in having an effortless, enjoyable experience so they can cut time on searching and go straight to enjoying personalized and localized content, all in one place, for free and without the need for streaming hardware.

Santa Monica families with school-age-children (K-12) that are within Wander’s coverage area are eligible to receive free high-speed internet service through the end of the scheduled school year, June 10, 2020. To see if your home is covered by Wander, visit Wander.net/service. If you qualify for service, visit Wander.net to subscribe and use code -- SCHOOL2020 -- to receive free internet. You will be immediately prompted to schedule your service and can also call 323.457.2949. To access Wander Freely, simply signup for Wander at Wander.net and get access to free streaming content within minutes.

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About Wander Internet
Wander was founded on the belief that consumers deserve affordable, high-speed internet that is fully transparent in price, usage and performance. Priced at $25 a month, Wander delivers internet at 50 megabits per second (Mbps) which is all the speed homes need to stream, is free of contracts and hidden fees, and protects users’ data. Wander is currently available in Santa Monica and will be expanding its service to areas across the U.S. in 2020. Wander’s streaming portal, which curates hundreds of free movies, TV and shows from dozens of streaming services all in one place, is available now and for free for both Santa Monica customers and anyone across the United States. To learn more about Wander, visit http://www.wander.net.

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