“Delivering on the Promise of Broadband & Access to Technology for All Americans”
According to a recent FCC report, There are still over 64 million people without home access to the Internet. A disproportionate number of those are low income families. 43% of these American families cite the primary reason for not subscribing to a broadband Internet service is the high cost.
More than 80% of teachers surveyed believe that online learning improves education. Many students, mostly from low income households, do not have the luxury of a suitable computer with home high speed Internet access.
In today’s connected world, having access to an Internet connection has become a virtual necessity. The US Government and many leading American Internet providers are attempting to bridge this unfortunate digital divide by offering low cost Internet, computer and digital training programs for low income families.
Free Internet for Low Income
The FCC recently updated its Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers. The Lifeline program that provided Government subsidies that enabled low income Americans to have access to affordable telephone service has been expanded to include broadband Internet service.
The program offers a $9.25 monthly subsidy, to help lower income Americans afford Internet service. When combined with low cost Internet programs such as Connect2Compete, it can provide free Internet or reduce monthly Internet costs to near zero.
ISP Low Income Internet Programs
AT&T’s Access Internet service is available in any of the 21 states where AT&T wired home Internet is offered. Depending on the Internet speeds available in your location, the monthly cost will either be $10 for the 10 Mbps or 5 Mbps plans or $5 for the 3 Mbps Internet connection.
Bright House Networks is also proud to be a partner in the nationally recognized and supported program, Connect2Compete, which provides low-cost, discounted broadband Internet service to qualified households with at least one child in grades K-12. Read the FAQ for more information on Connect2Compete.
Charter acquired Bright house Networks. See Charter Spectrum Internet Assist.
CenturyLink Internet Basics
Get connected with CenturyLink Internet Basics affordable Internet for low income households. Internet basics offers $9.95 a month Internet for up to 12 months with no modem rental fees for the first year.
Internet Basics Update Coming Soon…
Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist is among the fastest of the low income Internet assistance programs available. Spectrum Internet Assist costs $14.99 per month and boasts 30 Mbps broadband Internet speeds with no monthly data caps and free modem rental.
If you live in an area served by Comcast Cable and qualify for their Internet Essentials program, you can get a 10 Mbps high speed Internet plan for the highly-discounted price of only $9.95 per month. This low price also includes equipment rental fees and a free WiFi router.
Cox is an avid participant in the non-profit Connect2Compete initiative whose mission is to provide affordable high speed Internet to low income Americans.
“Having a computer and Internet service at home is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity. Cox understands this new reality and works in the communities we serve to provide affordable Internet and devices to low-income students and their families through the Connect2Compete program.”
Cox partnered with Connect2Compete in 2012 to enable eligible low income households to receive discounted Cox high speed cable Internet for only $9.95 a month.
Eagle Communications – Connect2Compete
Eagle Communications in conjunction with the EveryoneOne Connect2Compete program provides this offer. Families who qualify for free lunches through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive 5 Mbps high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month and free modem use for two years.
Google Fiber Broadband
If you live in a Google Fiber neighborhood with a low rate of Internet connectivity, you may qualify for discounted 25 Mbps Google Fiber Broadband for only $15 per month with no data caps or equipment rental and free installation.
Mediacom – EveryoneOn
Mediacom offers up to 1.5 Mbps Internet for $9.95 per month with free professional installation. You can start the application process by completing this form or by calling one of our representatives at 1-855-904-2225.
Our Everyday Low Price (ELP) Internet plan is an economical way for customers to enjoy Internet access for light use such as email, surfing or shopping. It is best for customers who only have one or two devices that they want to connect to the Internet.
Charter acquired Time Warner Cable. See Charter Spectrum Internet Assist.
More Low Income Internet Resources
A multi-vendor eCommerce platform that provides affordable computers and Internet to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals.
Address: 3415 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-633-1517 (Ext 124)
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.
Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices.
We collaborate with libraries and nonprofits to advertise free computer & Internet courses at over 8,000 training sites across the country.
Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s flagship program for K-12 students and provides affordable Internet and devices to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. C2C is offered in partnership with leading cable companies, including Cox, Bright House Networks, MediaCom, Suddenlink, Comcast’s Internet Essentials and others.
Eligible customers receive fast, affordable Internet for as low as $9.95 per month (plus tax). For most customers, there is no deposit required, contracts to sign, or installation or modem rental fees.
Lifeline Broadband Program
Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.
On March 31, 2016, the Commission adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program. In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program.
PCs for People
PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit striving to bridge the digital divide by providing the necessary tools to put a functional computer into the hands of low-income individuals and get them online.
At PCs for People we work hard to provide these services because we know the importance of having affordable access to technology in the home. Statistically speaking, better access leads to an increase in graduation rates, economic output, and long-term employment.
Address: 1548 W Alameda Ave Unit C, Denver, CO 80223
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