Cheap Internet Service: How To Find Low Income Internet Providers

Cheap Internet Service

Cheap Internet Service: How To Find Low Income Internet Providers

High-Speed, Wireless Internet Access And Cheap Computers For  Low-Income And Seniors

There are several major, competing, cheap Internet service programs designed for low-income and financially-struggling Americans.

Cheap Internet service and computers include:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials
  • CenturyLink Internet Basics
  • Cox And Bright House Network
  • Connect2Compete

These programs may help you find low-income Internet service.

If you qualify, these low-income Internet service providers can help you get online, with broadband Internet speeds for a low monthly rate and no contracts.

If you’re in financial distress, you’ll probably qualify for one of these low-income Internet plans in your area.

The prices are the same for all of these services, but there are some differences in what each program offers consumers and eligibility requirements.

Make sure you check to determine which programs are available where you live.

Access From AT&T

AT&T, America’s first communications conglomerate, is now offering high-speed Internet service to low-income Americans for just $5 per month.

If you meet the eligibility standards and you live in an area served by AT&T, you can now get high-speed Internet service for $5 per month.

The plan is called Access from AT&T and it may be the best low-cost Internet plan available.

Internet Essentials

Comcast, the cable TV giant, is the biggest player in the low-income internet assistance business with a program called Internet Essentials. Rural Money’s Best Recommendation

If you live in areas of the country served by Comcast and if you qualify, you can now get Internet Essentials for just $9.95 per month instead of the $40–$60 the company charges for its lowest cost basic plan.

Despite the low price, you’ll get blazing fast 5.0 Mbps download speed, the option to purchase a computer for $150, plus a series of extras.

The Internet Essentials application is quick and easy.

If you haven’t already applied, click the ‘Apply Now’ button below to get started.

Internet Essentials Low-Cost Computer

Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price.

If you are interested, follow the easy steps below.

You may be instantly approved.


Internet Essentials Expands Again:  Now Available To All Low-Income Americans, Disabled And Seniors On Medicaid

Comcast has once again proved its commitment to low-income Americans by opening up its Internet Essentials program to ALL low-income Americans, people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid.

They join millions of other low-income Americans who already participate in the Internet Essentials program.

More than twice as many people can now get high-speed internet access for just $9.95 per month.

Eligibility for Internet Essentials was once restricted to people who had at least one child who qualified for the National School Lunch Program, but that restriction is now a thing of the past and millions more are now eligible including:

  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors on Medicaid
  • All low-income adults (defined as 38% above the poverty line in your area)

If math is not your strong suit and you don’t know which side of the 38% you fall on, you can also qualify if you participate in any of these Federal assistance programs:

  • The National School Lunch Program (free and reduced-price school lunch)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps)
  • HUD housing assistance and Section 8
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare)
  • Supplemental Security Income (Social Security)
  • Head Start or Early Head Start
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Tribal assistance (including TTANF, FDPIR, etc)
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
  • VA pension (Yea, vets!)

There are, however, a couple of eligibility restrictions:

First, you can’t owe Comcast money.

In reality, you can owe them money, but the debt must be more than one year old.

If the debt is less than a year old, they may still approve your application or they may require you to wait until the debt is one year old.

Second, you cannot have subscribed to any of Comcast’s regularly-priced Internet plans within he last 90 days.

This one seems counterproductive because it forces Comcast’s low-income customers into an unwinnable situation.

They must cancel their subscriptions and go without Internet service for 90 days; or it forces them to enroll with a competitive low-income Internet service provider.

The $10 per month Internet plan is available everywhere Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is available, and that includes 39 states plus the District of Columbia.

Comcast did put some limitations on the service:

  1. The program’s speed will be capped at 15-megabytes and comes with a monthly limit of one terabyte of data usage.
  2. The speed limit means you probably won’t be able to stream TV service, but the monthly data limit is so generous that you can probably do just about anything on the Internet except heavy gaming. (We’ve argued in the past that the purpose of these low-income plans is to provide basic Internet access to low-income Americans, allowing them to search for jobs, make medical appointments, allow kids to do their homework and allow parents to check their kid’s progress at school, not to help them fritter away the day gaming with Albanian computer geeks in their mothers’ basements. In other words, one terabyte per month is a hell of a deal for $10.

Two things that haven’t changed:

  1. Comcast continues to offer a $150 laptop
  2. Free digital literacy training for all Internet Essentials customers.

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ConnectAll is available in fifty states plus Washington, DC and there are a number of ways to low-income Americans to qualify.

One quick warning: ConnectAll will cost you a bit more upfront, but after an initial payment of $122.00, ongoing service (including unlimited data usage with no data throttling) will cost you just $11.99 per month.

Cox Low-Income Internet

Cox Communications is one of the nation’s largest cable companies, with millions of subscribers.

While they don’t trumpet their program as loudly as Comcast does theirs, and their coverage across the country isn’t as extensive, their low-income program has much broader eligibility rules.

Cox’s low-income Internet plan will give you unlimited cable Internet at broadband speeds of 5 Mbps download, no contract or extra fees, and the option to purchase a computer for $150.

Spectrum Internet Assist

Former rivals Charter Communications, Time-Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have joined forces.

That’s great news for America’s neediest citizens because the new company, now renamed Spectrum, is introducing a brand new high-speed Internet plan for low-income Americans.

If you qualify, the service will cost just $17.99 per month.

Spectrum has promised that this great service will be available in 38 states — everywhere the three companies currently offer service.

Frontier Communications

It takes a little math to figure out how the price gets down to just $10 per month, but that’s the bottom line with Frontier’s low-income Lifeline Internet plan.

Frontier offers this special low-income internet deals in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

PCs For People

Available to a lot more low-income people than any other program.

This is an awesome program.

Instead of being severely geographically-limited like Internet Basics or Internet Essentials, PCs for People is available virtually nationwide (anywhere the Sprint network is available).

Instead of being a program sponsored by huge corporations that really don’t want to devote significant resources to it, cheap Internet for low-income Americans is the reason behind PCs for People.

Internet Basics

CenturyLink’s Internet Basics is exactly what so many families and individuals need to:

  • Help them search for and apply for jobs
  • Follow up on job applications
  • Find medical care and communicate with their doctors
  • Help their kids with their homework
  • Help them with so many other tasks that can only be done on the Internet.

CenturyLink’s Internet Basics costs just $9.95 per month for qualifying low-income families.

You’ll also be eligible to receive a personal computer for just $150.

Windstream Internet

Windstream is another cable TV company that’s offering an affordable $10 per month Internet plan to low-income Americans who reside in the 18 states where Windstream offers residential service.

That includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

Mediacom Internet

In 23 states, Connect2Compete partner Mediacom offers high-speed Internet service for just $9.95 to families who are struggling with low household income.

Their Internet plan provides a 1.5 Mbps speed cable connection, and an option to be able to purchase a computer for as low as $162 and a tablet for as low as $142. Eligibility required.

Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest cable company, with about 2.5 million customers.

Under the Connect2Compete banner, they offer Internet service to people who could otherwise not afford it.

Bright House’s low-income Internet plan provides unlimited cable internet at speeds of a minimum of 1 Mbps download.

While that’s not exactly super fast, it’s certainly fast enough for $9.95.

And there are no contracts or extra charges.

Additionally, they offer an option to purchase a computer for $150. Availability required.

Suddenlink Economy Internet

Suddenlink, a company of Altice, offers unlimited high-speed Internet to people with a child in the School Lunch program and to seniors on SSI.

They serve in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Cablevision Economy Internet

Cablevision, now a company of Altice, offers unlimited high-speed Internet to people with a child in the School Lunch program and to seniors on SSI.

They serve the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. 

Eagle Communications

Eagle Communications is a small media conglomerate that owns and operates 59 cable systems in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado plus 28 radio stations in the same states.

It is now offering a $9.95 per month Internet plan for qualifying residents of those states.


Midco is the first company we have found that is advertising discounted Internet service as part of the new Lifeline Broadband program.

Just $9.95 per month for high-speed Internet.

Available in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Many of the nation’s largest Internet service companies are working with Connect2Compete to bring low-cost, high-speed Internet service to low-income Americans.

The Connect2Compete organization hooks up Americans with various companies that will provide high-speed Internet access for under $15 a month, usually under $10.

In addition, they can help you find a low-cost computer and free computer and Internet training.

Simply Internet By Wave

Simply Internet by Wave is a great program, BUT it’s only available to low-income residents of certain Seattle neighborhoods.

It gives you unlimited high-speed internet for $9.95/month (for speeds up to 10 Mbps) plus tax.

There are no credit checks, contracts or equipment rental fees.

Free installation and in-home Wi-Fi.

No credit checks, contracts or equipment rental fees required.

Refurbished laptops available for purchase.

The following programs are national, or have a big push behind them either by industry, government and non-profit, than do those smaller or regional programs in the next section.

Lifeline Broadband

Beginning on December 1, 2016, you’ll be able to get free-to-inexpensive Lifeline Broadband in two flavors:

  • Fixed broadband (cable or DSL) or mobile on your phone or tablet ( You’ll be able to choose which is more important to you)
  • Fixed high-speed broadband connection in your home
  • Or free smartphone service with unlimited minutes that comes with a modest amount of internet usage.

Senior Internet Service

Through no fault of their own, many seniors can’t afford even the most necessary of things, like a broadband Internet connection.

Being connected to the Internet is necessary in today’s world.

So many needy seniors want to know why the government and various companies seemingly help everyone except them.

Other Programs

Here are programs that are smaller than the national programs listed above:


School2Home has set an ambitious goal:  To give computers to more than 500 low-performing middle schools and 400,000 students across California.

It’s a pilot program started in Southern California’s Los Angeles and Riverside county school districts and has now expanded to Northern California’s Oakland Unified School District. 


Interconnection now offers needy Washingtonians a variety of low-priced services:

  • High speed mobile internet for just $8 per month or Internet service only for $10 per month
  • Plus a laptop computer for just $149.

Hawaiian Telecom

This isn’t one of the big low-income Internet plans that covers dozens of states, but it’s everything you need if you live in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Telecom’s Internet Kokua plan offers steep discounts on Internet service for any Hawaiian resident who meets certain qualifications.

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