Antietam Broadband Partners with HCC to Support Students

(March 24, 2020) - Antietam Broadband announced today they are partnering with Hagerstown Community College (HCC) to assist eligible students, with access to high-speed internet through the company’s Edu-Net Program. The goal of this partnership is to ensure students can complete course work from home while HCC is operating remotely. Both Antietam Broadband and Hagerstown Community College are invested in assisting students in areas served by Antietam during this pandemic.

Hagerstown Community College:

The Edu-Net Program is available to HCC students who:

  • Are enrolled in credit classes at Hagerstown Community College.
  • Are fully eligible for the PELL Grant Program (FAFSA completion required).
  • Live in an area where Antietam Broadband Internet service is available and have not subscribed to high speed internet in the last 90 days.

The Edu-Net Program offers students:

  • 10Mbps high-speed Internet: DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST 60 DAYS FREE. After the first 60 days, the service will be $15 per month guaranteed for up to six months.
  • FREE professional in-home installation.
  • FREE home WiFi access is included.
  • Eligible students can apply at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?HagerstownCC&layout_id=9.
  • HCC Financial Aid office will verify eligibility and notify Antietam Broadband, who will then contact the student to arrange for a service installation.

“These are challenging times for students and educators,” said Dr. James Klauber, President, Hagerstown Community College. “Antietam Broadband recognized our internet access needs and were able to quickly provide a solution that supports our students and our community,” said Klauber.

Operational Updates:

“We understand how important Internet service is, especially given the current situation. Our team members are committed to meeting these demands head-on in support of our community,” said Brian Lynch, President, Antietam Broadband. “While our network is experiencing increased demand, the network is performing well and we have the needed capacity to absorb the increase,” said Lynch. Antietam has opened access to over 120 Community WiFi Hotspots for all residents in Washington County. As expected, Antietam is experiencing a significant increase in WiFi Hotspot usage, and the network is responding well to the volume. To locate the nearest hotspot, download the free Antietam WiFi Finder App from Google Play and Apple App Store, or consult the map on its website: https://www.antietambroadband.com/internet/wifi-hotspots-map.

In addition:

  • To accommodate additional customer needs, technicians have been reassigned in order to increase capacity to perform maintenance and service installations for high speed internet and phone: Installation of video services have been temporarily suspended. Sales of video services, to reduce the installation time in homes for our technicians and installers, have been temporarily suspended.
  • Data cap fees for all customers exceeding their limits are suspended through April 30, 2020.
  • Late fees are temporarily waived; disconnections of service due to failure to pay are temporarily suspended.
  • The Lobby is temporarily closed as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
  • The drive-thru window will remain open. M-F from 9am -5:30pm and Sat 9am – noon.
  • Payments can be made via the drop box located outside our office, drive-thru window, online, automated phone payment (select option 3 when calling), or mail to: Antietam Broadband P.O Box 64887 Baltimore, Maryland 21264-4887.
  • If you have questions or require assistance with equipment exchanges, contact 301-797-5000 or via the Live Chat feature at www.AntietamBroadband.com.

“Our Antietam team stands ready to assist you, offering technical support 24/7 via phone or live chat on our website. Together, we can limit the risk of spreading illness in the workplace and community,” said Brian Lynch. “Our employees are your neighbors. We take pride in supporting our community year-round, and especially at times like these,” said Lynch.

About Antietam Broadband:

Antietam Broadband was founded in 1966 and was purchased by Schurz Communications, Inc. in 1968. It is a full-service telecommunications company offering a complete range of residential and business-class technology solutions including digital television, high-speed Internet and digital phone services in Washington County, MD. Antietam introduced Flight Gigabit Internet service in 2016 and made Hagerstown the 75th gigabit city in the USA. The company is focused on enhancing the lives of its customers by providing the latest telecommunication services and maintaining the highest standards of excellence in customer care and world class technical service. For more information: http://antietambroadband.com.

About Hagerstown Community College:

Hagerstown Community College was founded in 1946 as Maryland’s first community college. More than 100 programs of study are currently available for university transfer, career preparation, and personal enrichment. HCC also offers non-credit continuing education courses and customized training programs, as well as remedial and developmental courses to help students prepare for college-level offerings. For more information: www.hagerstowncc.edu.