Who qualifies for Economy Internet? Senior citizens who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND homes in which a child qualifies for the National School Lunch Program?
Cablevision dominates the cable TV and internet service provider business in New York and a few surrounding states. Now that it has been acquired by Altice, a French communications giant, it is introducing Economy Internet, the same low-income internet plan offered by other Altice cable companies. Here are the basics of Economy Internet:
- $14.95 per month (with no annual contract)
- Broadband speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream
- In-home wi-fi at no extra cost
- A free modem
- No data caps
Two simple ways to qualify
Economy Internet is available to two very different groups of people who reside in an area served by Cablevision.
The first way to qualify: Any household qualifies IF at least one child in the household is eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Simple, right?
The second way to qualify: You are also eligible IF you are a senior citizen who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Please note that the eligibility requirements say at least one child in your household must be eligible for the National School Lunch Program, or that you are a senior citizen who is eligible for SSI. The regulations do NOT say that they must currently participate in either program. In other words, you may still be eligible even if you don’t currently participate in either of these programs.
A few things that make you ineligible for Economy Internet
If you qualify, according to the either of the two criteria we outlined above, these rules could cause you to be ineligible:
- If you’ve had a Cablevision account in the last three months, you are also ineligible for Economy Internet. (NOTE: If you’re a current Cablevision customer, it’s possible for you to become eligible by canceling your current service and then waiting 90 days. Even if you canceled your Cablevision service within the last 90 days, you still need to wait the entire 90 days before you will become eligible for Economy Internet.)
- You are ineligible if you have an outstanding Cablevision bills or any unreturned Cablevision equipment. There is simply no way around this restriction short of paying off your overdue balance and/or returning any Cablevision equipment you tucked away in your garage.
Those are the only real restrictions on Cablevision’s $14.95 per month Economy Internet plan.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, huh?
How to Apply for Cablevision’s Economy Internet Plan
You can enroll in Cablevision’s Ecomomy Internet plan online or by phone from the comfort of your own home. Here’s all the contact info you need to get started.
Cablevision Economy Internet contact info:
Where is Cablevision’s Economy Internet available?
Cablevision Systems, the nation’s fifth largest cable and internet provider, serves New York City and several surrounding states — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. We can’t guarantee that the company’s Economy Internet is available in each of the towns and cities listed below, so think of the list as a general guide to where you may be able to enroll.
We recommend double checking with a Cablevision customer service rep or by visiting the Cablevision website to make sure you’re working with the latest, most accurate information.
BroadbandNow.com, one of the major websites the high speed internet industry, was the source of the following information:
CONNECTICUT – Ansonia, Bethany, Bethlehem, Bridgeport, Cos Cob, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Harwinton, Litchfield, Milford, New Canaan, New Hartford, Newtown, Norwalk, Oakville, Old Greenwich, Orange, Redding, Ridgefield, Riverside, Seymour, Southport, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Torrington, Trumbull, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Woodbridge, Woodbury
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NEW YORK – Albertson, Amityville, Ardsley, Armonk, Babylon, Baldwin, Bay Shore, Bayport, Bayville, Beacon, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Bellerose, Bellmore, Bellport, Bethpage, Blauvelt, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Briarcliff Manor, Brightwaters, Bronx, Bronxville, Brookhaven, Brooklyn, Calverton, Cambria Heights, Carle Place, Carmel, Cedarhurst, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Central Islip, Chappaqua, Chester, Cold Spring, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Congers, Copiague, Coram, Cortlandt Manor, Croton On Hudson, Cutchogue, Deer Park, Dobbs Ferry, Dover Plains, East Hampton, East Islip, East Meadow, East Moriches, East Northport, East Norwich, East Quogue, East Rockaway, East Setauket, Eastchester, Elmont, Elmsford, Far Rockaway, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Fishkill, Floral Park, Florida, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Gardiner, Garnerville, Garrison, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glen Oaks, Goshen, Great Neck, Greenlawn, Greenport, Greenwood Lake, Hampton Bays, Harriman, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings On Hudson, Hauppauge, Haverstraw, Hawthorne, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Highland, Highland Mills, Holbrook, Holmes, Holtsville, Hopewell Junction, Howard Beach, Huntington, Huntington Station, Hyde Park, Inwood, Irvington, Island Park, Islandia, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jericho, Katonah, Kings Park, Lagrangeville, Lake Grove, Larchmont, Lawrence, Levittown, Lindenhurst, Little Neck, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Mahopac, Malverne, Mamaroneck, Manhasset, Manorville, Marlboro, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, Medford, Melville, Merrick, Middle Island, Middletown, Millbrook, Miller Place, Millerton, Mineola, Mohegan Lake, Monroe, Monsey, Montauk, Montrose, Moriches, Mount Kisco, Mount Sinai, Mount Vernon, Nanuet, Nesconset, New City, New Hyde Park, New Paltz, New Rochelle, North Babylon, North Salem, Northport, Nyack, Oakdale, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Westbury, Orangeburg, Ossining, Oyster Bay, Ozone Park, Patchogue, Pawling, Pearl River, Peekskill, Pelham, Plainview, Pleasant Valley, Pleasantville, Pomona, Port Chester, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Port Jervis, Port Washington, Poughkeepsie, Poughquag, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Putnam Valley, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Ridge, Ridgewood, Riverhead, Rockville Centre, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Roosevelt, Rosedale, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Rye, Sag Harbor, Saint James, Sayville, Scarsdale, Sea Cliff, Seaford, Selden, Shirley, Shoreham, Sloatsburg, Smithtown, Somers, Sound Beach, South Salem, Southampton, Southold, Spring Valley, Staatsburg, Stony Brook, Stony Point, Stormville, Suffern, Syosset, Tappan, Tarrytown, Thornwood, Tuckahoe, Tuxedo Park, Uniondale, Valhalla, Valley Cottage, Valley Stream, Wading River, Wallkill, Wantagh, Wappingers Falls, Warwick, Washingtonville, West Babylon, West Harrison, West Haverstraw, West Hempstead, West Islip, West Ack, West Sayville, Westbury, Westhampton Beach, Westtown, White Plains, Williston Park, Wingdale, Woodbury, Woodhaven, Woodmere, Wyandanch, Yaphank, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights
PENNSYLVANIA – Matamoras, Milford