Every day readers fill our email box to overflowing with questions like, “How can I figure out which companies offer low-income internet services in my neighborhood?” and “Where can I find a low-cost computer?”
Of course, we provide a pretty comprehensive list of cities and towns where each of the low-income plans are available, but it’s impossible for us to break it down any closer than towns and cities. But now we’re happy to announce a tool that will let you find out specifically which low-income plans are available at your specific address.
A new mapping tool from Mapbox, allows you to plug in your address, click, and immediately find out which internet service providers serve that address.
You can find it here.
This handy tool instantaneously looks up every ISP offering service at any address, city or zip code. It will tell you how many (or how few) choice you have and what they are.
For example, we plugged in a zip code in the suburbs north of Dallas, Texas. This is what MapBox showed us:
Of course, just because a company offers internet service at your address doesn’t mean it offers low-income internet service. Once you have the MapBox list of ISPs, you need to compare it to the CheapInternet.com list of low-income internet service providers just to see if any of those plans are available at you address. To make that comparison easier, here’s a complete list of the various low-income service providers.
- AT&T Access
- BrightHouse Low-Income Internet
- Cablevision Economy Internet
- CenturyLink Internet Basics
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Cox Low-Income Internet
- Eagle Communications Low-Income Internet
- Mediacom Low-Income Internet
- Midco Low-Income Internet
- PCs for People
- Spectrum Internet Assist
- Suddenlink Economy Internet
Just run your finger down this list until you find the company or companies that are called out by MapBox.
For example, in our test MapBox listed five companies that offer internet service in the 75069 area code: AT&T, BelWave, Charter, Rhino And Suddenlink. But when you compare that to our list of low-income internet providers, you’ll quickly see that only AT&T and Suddenlink offer those programs.
Voila! Now you know which companies offer low-income internet service at your address. And that makes it much simpler to enroll.
What about low-cost computers? Are they available in your area?
We also get many, many questions from readers asking where they can find those low-cost desktops, laptops and tablet computers that we’ve so often written about.
Well, there’s another simple tool that will tell you exactly which computers and computer services (such as computer training) are available in your zip code. The tool that delivers the answers is provided by EveryoneOn.org.
All you need to do is enter your zip code into the EveryoneOn.org website and click. It will take you to a page that allows you to check a box next to the program that makes you eligible.
We entered the same 75069 zip code on the EveryoneOn.com homepage and checked the “Low-Income” box as a test. In response, it told us the PCs for People low-income internet plan was available in that area code (and exactly what the costs would be), told us which laptops, desktops and tablets were available (and what they would cost), and also told us about a broad range of computer training classes available in the area.
Everything you need to know
There it is — everything you need to know about finding the low-income internet plans and low-cost computers and computer training available right in your neighborhood.
Now readers can refer to this page whenever they have questions.
And we’ll save about ten hours a day because we won’t have to answer those questions over and over and over again.
That’s what’s called a win-win situation.