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.
Here’s how it works: Frontier intro plan starts at about $20 per month. Then they apply a monthly Lifeline discount of $9.25 per month, which reduces your price to about $10 per month. That makes Frontier’s price competitive with with other low-income programs such as Comcast’s Internet Essentials.
Frontier offers this special low-income internet deals in 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. (Application requirements vary by state, so make sure you check out those requirements before you apply.)
Only one Lifeline discount is allowed per household. So if a husband and wife or a brother and sister or two roommates living in the same household may not each receive the Lifeline discount. On top of that, a household can receive the Lifeline discount on either a cell phone or an internet plan, but not both.
Two pricing options
Frontier offers two different approaches to its Lifeline internet program.
Flat Rate Bundle (includes unlimited local calls)
LifeLine Flat rate* $6.84
Affordable Broadband $13.99
Your TOTAL low price per month* $20.83
Less your monthly Lifeline discount -$9.25
Actual monthly price $11.58
*For Unlimited Local Calls
Measured Rate Bundle
LifeLine Flat rate* $3.66
Affordable Broadband $13.99
Your TOTAL low price per month* $17.65
Less your monthly Lifeline discount $-9.25
Actual monthly price $8.40
* Includes 60 minutes of Local Calling. Additional Local Calls are billed at $0.08/minute, plus additional voice minutes.
Frontier does not require you to sign a long-term contract. However, you should keep in mind that the price will increase after your first year of service. For example, we anticipate that the price for Frontier’s cheapest plan will jump up to $25 and some change.
What else is included? Frontier says you’ll get internet speeds of up to 6 Mbps which is more than you need for basic internet browsing, searching and email. They will also include a free wifi router.
Free Chromebook included in some areas
Frontier works with a non-profit organization called Human I-T, a nonprofit, to offer free Chromebook computers for its Lifeline customers. That’s worth repeating: Free computers.
Frontier and Human I-T emphasize that their Chromebook is not available in every area, and the offer is available for a limited time only. But it’s a great offer and definitely worth checking out.
Who is Frontier Communications?
Frontier Communications is one of the nation’s largest internet service providers. They offer service in mostly rural areas of 29 states.
According to BroadbandNow.com, “Aside from some dead areas in far western states like Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas, Frontier has availability in most of the country, including California, Florida, Connecticut, and 26 other states. They also have “Fios” fiber coverage in some areas, which they purchased from Verizon and are marketing under the same “Fios” brand name. As a DSL provider, one of Frontier’s strengths is in their widespread rural availability, since even rural households usually have access to the twisted copper phone lines needed to deliver Frontier’s DSL connection. Frontier Fios is mostly available in denser urban areas like Seattle, as is the norm for fiber infrastructure due to the high costs associated with its installation on the provider’s side.”
For more information contact Frontier at:
Phone: 800.921.8101 or 866.868.0547
How to qualify
There are two ways to qualify for Frontier’s low-income internet plan. Method One: Someone in your household must currently participate in another federal assistance program. Method Two: Your household income must not exceed certain specified levels. Let’s give you more detail:
Method 1 (Program-Based)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
- National School Lunch Program (NSL)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Tribal TANF
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- VA Veterans Pension (Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans)
- VA Survivors Pension
Method 2 (Income-Based):
Your income must not exceed 135% of federal poverty guidelines. Yes, that’s a confusing number and it varies from state to state. For example, here’s what that means in California:
- For a household of 3 members: $31,900 per year is the annual income limit
- For a household of 4 members: $38,800 per year is the annual income limit
- Add $6,900 per person for each additional member, after four people. Effective from 6/1/19 to 5/31/20.
These numbers are just given as a rough guideline. Contact Frontier customer service and they can tell you what the correct numbers are for your state.
Cities and towns covered by Frontier
Frontier provides service in 29 states. They are:
ARIZONA – Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City
CALIFORNIA – Adelanto, Apple Valley, Arcadia, Arroyo Grande, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Banning, Barstow, Beaumont, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Blythe, Brea, Camarillo, Cathedral City, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Coachella, Colton, Corcoran, Corona, Covina, Crescent City, Culver City, Cypress, Desert Hot Springs, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, Elk Grove, Fontana, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Glendora, Goleta, Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Hemet, Hesperia, Huntington Beach, Indio, La Habra, La Mirada, La Puente, La Quinta, La Verne, Laguna Beach, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Loma Linda, Lompoc, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, Manhattan Beach, Manteca, Marina Del Rey, Menifee, Monrovia, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Morgan Hill, Murrieta, Newbury Park, North Hills, Northridge, Norwalk, Novato, Ontario, Oxnard, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Panorama City, Patterson, Perris, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Porter Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redlands, Redondo Beach, Reedley, Ridgecrest, Rowland Heights, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Jacinto, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Paula, Saratoga, Seal Beach, South El Monte, Stanton, Sun City, Sunland, Susanville, Sylmar, Temecula, Thermal, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tujunga, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Venice, Victorville, Walnut, West Covina, Westlake Village, Westminster, Whittier, Wildomar, Winchester, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley,
CONNECTICUT – Bloomfield, Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, East Hartford, East Haven, Enfield, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Hamden, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Newington, North Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Ridgefield, Shelton, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Stamford, Storrs Mansfield, Stratford, Torrington, Trumbull, Vernon Rockville, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport, Wethersfield, Williantic, Windsor
FLORIDA – Auburndale, Barton, Bradenton, Brandon, Cantonment, Clearwater, Clermont, Davenport, Dunedin, Englewood, Haines City, Holiday, Hudson, Kissimmee, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Land O Lakes, Largo, Lithia, Lutz, Mulberry, New Port Richey, North Port, Odessa, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Palmetto, Pinellas Park, Plant City, Port Richey, Riverview, Ruskin, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Seffner, Seminole, Spring Hill, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Valrico, Venice, Wesley Chapel, Winter Haven, Zephyrhills,
GEORGIA – Jasper, Statesboro
IDAHO – Coeur D Alene, Hayden, Moscow, Post Falls
IOWA – Fort Dodge
ILLINOIS -Belvedere, Bloomington, Carbondale, Decatur, Dekalb, East Moline, Freeport, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Macomb, Marion, Normal, Rockford, Roscoe, Streator, Sycamore, Washington
INDIANA -Chesterton, Connersville, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Goshen, Greencastle, Greensburg, Hobart, Huntington, Jasper, La Porte, Lafayette, Logansport, Madison, Merrillville, Noblesville, North Vernon, Portage, Richmond, Seymour, Terre Haute, Valparaiso, Vincennes, West Lafayette, Westfield
MICHIGAN – Adrian, Alpena, Coldwater, Commerce Township, Davison, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Holly, Jackson, Lapeer, Milford, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Owosso, Saline, Sturgis, Swartz Creek, Temperance, White Lake
MINNESOTA – Burnsville, Farmington, Forest Lake, Lakeville, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Saint Paul
NORTH CAROLINA – Chapel Hill, Durham, Franklin, Hillsborough, Indian Trail, Marion, Monroe, Morrisville, Wake Forest
NEBRASKA – Columbus, Kearney
NEVADA – Carson City, Elko, Gardnerville
NEW YORK – Amsterdam, Binghamton, Brockport, Canandaigua, Fairport, Gloversville, Hopewell Junction, Middletown, Monroe, New Windsor, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Penfield, Pittsford, Rochester, Wappingers Falls, Webster
OHIO – Akron, Ashland, Athens, Bowling Green, Brunswick, Cambridge, Circleville, Dayton, Delaware, Dublin, Englewood, Lewis Center, London, Marietta, Marion, Medina, New Philadelphia, North Ridgeville, Norwalk, Oregon, Oxford, Portsmouth, Powell, Salem, Sylvania, Toledo, Troy, Wadsworth, Wilmington
OREGON – Beaverton, Coos Bay, Forest Grove, Grants Pass, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Newberg, Portland, Sherwood, Troutdale, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville
PENNSYLVANIA – Clarks Summit, Ephrata, Pottstown, Stroudsburg
SOUTH CAROLINA – Conway, Georgetown, Laurens, Myrtle Beach, Simpsonville, Sumter, Walterboro
TENNESSEE – Clinton, Cookeville, Crossville, McMinnville, Powell, Sparta
TEXAS – Allen, Alvin, Azle, Baytown, Brownwood, Bryan, Buda, Carrollton, College Station, Colleyville, Coppell, Crosby, Dayton, Denton, Dickinson, Floresville, Flower Mound, Fredericksburg, Friendswood, Garland, Georgetown, Gilbert, Grapevine, Greenville, Henderson, Hutto, Irving, Jacksonville, Keller, Kilgore, Kyle, League City, Lewisville, Missouri City, Plano, Richardson, Roanoke, Rowlett, Sachse, San Angelo, Seabrook, Sherman, Southlake, Stafford, Sulphur Springs, Texas City, The Colony, Webster, Wylie
WASHINGTON – Anacortes, Arlington, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Camas, East Wenatchee, Edmonds, Everett, Ferndale, Kenmore, Kennewick, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Pullman, Redmond, Richland, Sammamish, Sedro Woolley, Snohomish, Stanwood, Washougal, Wenatchee, Woodinville
WISCONSIN – Baraboo, Hartford, Marshfield, Oconomowoc, Rhinelander, Sun Prairie, Watertown, Wausau
WEST VIRGINIA – Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Huntington, Hurricane, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, Saint Albans, Weirton, Wheeling