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 also come across some programs that offer free internet service that we’d like to tell you about. Some of the national companies listed here are also found on our low-cost internet programs page, and that’s because they also offer increased data usage plans for a monthly charge. And some of the regional program are also found on our low-income internet page, because they are based upon financial status. But, what’s true about all the plans on the page is that they really do offer absolutely free internet, high-speed internet service.
These programs follow the freemium business model. While they have low-cost internet plans, they offer a basic, free plan as well. Of course they hope to move you up to paid plans, and sell you extras, but you don’t need to do either and still enjoy no-cost, high speed internet.
Fast 1.5 Mbps free internet service is yours absolutely free each month, as long as you don’t go over a the 1 GB per month data usage allowance. You should be good with this limit if you are checking email and doing light web surfing. You’ll need FreedomPop Hub for about $89, but this is a one-time cost. [info]
With the purchase of a cheap USB stick or hotspot device, the company will give you 500 MB of data usage per month, every month, month after month. No strings if you don’t go over your allowance. Other than purchasing the device, it’s completely free. [info]
NetZero’s free plan gives you an allowance of 200 MB of data usage per month. That’s not much, just enough to get online a few times a month. But it is free (other than the one-time cost of either a USB Stick or wireless hub). [info]
These are full use, high-speed internet plans, for which you qualify by your financial need. They are regional, just in small areas, but it’s possible they might be in your area.
School2Home wants to give free computers and free internet service 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]
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]
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.