CheapInternet.com’s primary mission is to highlight the government programs that offer inexpensive low income internet access programs to struggling Americans. Yet, we have come across some programs that offer absolutely free internet that we’d like to tell you about. Some of these programs are also found on our low income programs page since the qualifications are based upon a person’s financial status, but some programs are just plain free internet for anyone.
School2Home wants to give free computers and free internet to hundreds of low-performing middle schools and almost a half million students in California. For now, it’s just a pilot program that began in Los Angeles and Riverside county school districts and but has already expanded up north to the Oakland Unified School District. It’s not a government program, but is funded by a coalition of private companies. [info]
Knology is a special internet service provider because they offer — actually, have been offering for years — absolutely free broadband internet to some residents in Kansas. They receive no reimbursement from the government that we know of, funded solely by the goodness of the company’s heart. Eligibility is similar to the low income internet programs from the government. [info]
NetZero offers a free dialup service and a “sort of free” 4G mobile internet package. Dialup: You can receive ten hours of free dialup access if you are willing to put up with some banner ads. For information click here. 4G Mobile Internet: You can receive a limited (200 MB/month) plan for one year when you purchase a 4G USB modem for $49 or a portable 4G hotspot for $99. Go to their main page and click through to Devices to find out more.
Metconnect is a completely free dialup internet service provider that serves parts of New York City. According to their site, they do not plaster your page with advertising banners, have no privacy invading tracking software and no time limits. [info]
FreedomPop‚Äôs self-proclaimed objective is “to ensure that every American has access to fast, free and convenient communication services.” FreedomPop does not seem to be available yet, however their website is taking contact information now for those who want to be updated about the service as information develops. We hear they will begin in 2012 in underserved markets. [info]
If you have a toilet in your house, Google can help you get online for free. Their Toilet Internet Service Provider (TISP) service is a free broadband service that delivers connectivity through the users’ plumbing systems. The TISP project works for any consumer with a WiFi-capable computer and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system. How can they afford to give this away for free? They use information gathered by discreet DNA sequencing of your personal bodily output to display online ads that are contextually relevant to your culinary preferences, current health status and likelihood of developing particular medical conditions going forward. [info]
We are always looking for more free programs to tell you about. If you know of any that should be added to this page, please contact us.