If you are a senior citizen who qualifies for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or if a child in your home qualifies for the National School Lunch Program, you may be eligible for very affordable broadband service.
Now that Altice, the French communications conglomerate, has taken over Suddenlink, the company is introducing Economy Internet, a new low-income internet plan in all 16 of the states it serves. Economy Internet costs a bit more than Suddenlink’s former $9.95 per month plan, but it also gives you more. Here is what you get:
- $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
Suddenlink also participates in EveryoneOn.org’s flagship program that provides affordable desktop, laptop, and tablet devices to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program or SSI. (More about that later in this article.)
Are you eligible? Here’s how to qualify.
Do you qualify for Suddenlink’s high-speed, low-income plan? There are two very simple ways to qualify, and a three quirky ways you can be disqualified. We’ll explain both sides of the qualification equation.
The first way to qualify: If any child in your household is eligible for the National School Lunch Program and if you live in an area served by Suddenlink, you may be able to sign up for high-speed broadband internet service in your home for just $14.95 per month.
The second way to qualify: If you are a senior citizen who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you are eligible for high-speed broadband service for just $14.95 per month.
Please note that the eligibility requirements say at least one child in your household must be eligible for the National School Lunch Program, not that they must currently participate in it. In other words, don’t be scared off if your child doesn’t participate. You may still be eligible.
3 quirky ways you could be ineligible for $14.95 per month high-speed internet
Like we said, there are three quirky things that could make you ineligible for Suddenlink’s $14.95 per month Economy Internet program. Make sure you understand what they are.
Quirk #1: No children in your home? Sorry, but you’re not eligible. No children in your home who qualify for the National School Lunch Program? Sorry, you’re not eligible, either. No senior citizens in your home who qualifies for SSI? You’re also out of luck as far as Economy Internet is concerned.
Quirk #2: If you’ve had Suddenlink service within the last 90 days, you’re not eligible for Economy Internet. If you’re a current Suddenlink customer, you can become eligible by canceling your service and then waiting until 90 days is up. If you’re a former customer who canceled service within the last 90 days, you, too, need to wait until your service has been inactive for a full 90 days before reapplying.
Quirk #3: You are not eligible for this special low-priced program if you have any outstanding Suddenlink bills or any unreturned Suddenlink equipment. The only solution is to pay off the balance on your overdue account or take back any Suddenlink equipment you failed to return. Solve those problems and you’ll immediately become eligible.
Suddenlink will put you on their $14.95 per month high-speed internet plan for up to two years. And you’ll continue to receive this special price as long as at least one child in your home is eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Or as long as your a senior citizen who qualifies for SSI.
Is that cool or what?
How to Apply for Suddenlink’s Economy Internet Plan
You can enroll in Suddenlink’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.
Suddenlink Economy Internet contact info:
There seems to be a little confusion regarding Suddenlink’s size and rank in the telecommunications world.
For example, Wikipedia says, “Suddenlink Communications, formerly Cebridge Connections, is the 9th largest provider of cable broadband services (based on coverage area) in the United States with coverage available to approximately 5.7 million subscribers.”
But the company’s website days, “Suddenlink is the seventh largest cable broadband company in the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment demands of approximately 1.4 million residential customers and thousands of commercial customers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers’ lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone, and other services.”
No matter whether the company is the 7th largest or 9th largest is really immaterial to the many millions of Americans who desperately need low-cost, high-speed internet service. To anyone living in the company’s service area, Suddenlink is number one.
But let’s clear up what the meaning of “elsewhere” in Suddenlink’s description of itself. Suddenlink now offers cable television and high-speed internet in 16 states — Arkansas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Suddenlink Contact Info:
Cities in which Suddenlink offers Low-Income Internet
Cable companies constantly buy, sell and exchange municipal franchises, and bid against each other for new and existing municipal franchises. In other words, the following information was correct as of its publication date.
Has Suddenlink added to the list of cities it serves? Has it left other cities? We recommend double checking 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:
ARKANSAS – Arkadelphia, Atkins, Austin, Batesville, Benton, Booneville, Cabot, Clarksville, Clinton, Conway, Dardanelle, Dover, El Dorado, Forrest City, Greenwood, Harrisburg, Heber Springs, Hope, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Lonoke, Magnolia, Malvern, Marianna, Marion, Mena, Morrilton, Mountain Home, Nashville, Newport, North Little Rock, Ozark, Paragould, Pine Bluff, Pocahontas, Russellville, Searcy, Sheridan, Sherwood, Stuttgart, Trumann, Vilonia, Waldron, Walnut Ridge, Ward, West Helena, West Memphis, White Hall, Wynne, Yellville
ARIZONA – Bullhead City, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Dewey, Flagstaff, Fort Mohave, Golden Valley, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Mohave Valley, Parker, Payson, Sedona, Winslow
CALIFORNIA – Arcata, Auburn, Bishop, Blythe, Colfax, Desert Hot Springs, Eureka, Fortuna, Grass Valley, Indio, Lincoln, Mammoth Lakes, Mckinleyville, Monterey, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Salinas, San Francisco, Seaside, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Twentynine Palms
IDAHO – Coeur D Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum
KANSAS – Fort Scott, Gardner, Louisburg, Olathe, Paola, Spring Hill
KENTUCKY – Ashland, Catlettsburg, Franklin, Grayson, Inez, Louisa, Olive Hill, Paintsville, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Russellville
LOUISIANA – Abbeville, Alexandria, Baker, Bastrop, Benton, Bossier City, Boyce, Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Bunkie, Coushatta, Dequincy, Deridder, Deville, Erath, Eunice, Fort Polk, Franklin, Haughton, Homer, Iowa, Jeanerette, Kinder, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville, Many, Marksville, Maurice, Minden, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Iberia, Oakdale, Pineville, Pollock, Ruston, Saint Martinville, Shreveport, Springhill, Sulphur, Ville Platte, Vinton, Westlake, Winnfield, Youngsville, Zachary
MISSOURI – Aurora, Boonville, Branson, Brookline, California, Carl Junction, Carthage, Cassville, Grain Valley, Hollister, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Lamar, Maryville, Monett, Mount Vernon, Neosho, Nixa, Oak Grove, Odessa, Ozark, Reeds Spring, Republic, Rogersville, Saint Joseph, Savannah, Springfield, Trenton, Webb City
MISSISSIPPI – Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Indianola, Leland
NORTH CAROLINA – Ayden, Bailey, Chocowinity, Clinton, Elm City, Enfield, Farmville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Grifton, Havelock, Jacksonville, Kinston, La Grange, Nashville, New Bern, Pink Hill, Richlands, Rocky Mount, Seven Springs, Snow Hill, Spring Hope, Tarboro, Vanceboro, Washington, Williamston, Wilson, Winterville
NEW MEXICO – Clovis
OHIO – Aurora, Belpre, Burton, Caldwell, Cambridge, Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Chesterland, Gallipolis, Garrettsville, Geneva, Madison, Mantua, Marietta, Middlefield, Newton Falls, Pomeroy, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Warren
OKLAHOMA – Ada, Alva, Anadarko, Ardmore, Atoka, Blanchard, Bristow, Checotah, Chickasha, Clinton, Cushing, Edmond, Enid, Fort Gibson, Fort Sill, Guthrie, Henryetta, Holdenville, Hugo, Idabel, Inola, Lawton, Lexington, Locust Grove, Mannford, Marlow, Mounds, Muldrow, Muskogee, Noble, Norman, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Pauls Valley, Perry, Poteau, Purcell, Sallisaw, Seminole, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Tahlequah, Tulsa, Tuttle, Wagoner, Weatherford, Woodward
TEXAS – Abilene, Amarillo, Andrews, Anna, Arlington, Atascosa, Athens, Aubrey, Austin, Balch Springs, Bastrop, Baytown, Beaumont, Big Spring, Bowie, Brady, Breckenridge, Brenham, Bryan, Bullard, Burkburnett, Burnet, Caldwell, Cameron, Canton, Canyon, Carthage, Cedar Creek, Cedar Park, Celina, Center, Chandler, Childress, Cleveland, Coldspring, College Station, Colorado City, Conroe, Copperas Cove, Corpus Christi, Crockett, Crosby, Cypress, Dallas, Dayton, Decatur, Del Valle, Denton, Diboll, Elgin, Fairfield, Farmersville, Flint, Forney, Fort Worth, Fredericksburg, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Georgetown, Gilmer, Gladewater, Graham, Grand Saline, Greenville, Hallsville, Hawkins, Hearne, Henderson, Hereford, Houston, Huffman, Humble, Huntington, Huntsville, Hutto, Iowa Park, Jacksonville, Jefferson, Kaufman, Kempner, Kerrville, Kilgore, Killeen, Kingwood, Krum, Lampasas, Leander, Liberty, Liberty Hill, Lindale, Little Elm, Livingston, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mabank, Madisonville, Magnolia, Manor, Marble Falls, Marshall, Mckinney, Mesquite, Midland, Mineola, Mineral Wells, Monahans, Montgomery, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Muleshoe, Nacogdoches, Navasota, New Caney, Odessa, Overton, Palestine, Paris, Pearsall, Pecos, Pflugerville, Pilot Point, Pittsburg, Plainview, Plano, Porter, Post, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Quitman, Rockdale, Rockwall, Round Rock, Rowlett, Royse City, Rusk, Sachse, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Augustine, Sanger, Seagoville, Shepherd, Sherman, Slaton, Smithville, Snyder, Splendora, Spring, Sulphur Springs, Sweetwater, Terrell, The Colony, Tomball, Trinity, Troup, Tyler, Van Alstyne, Vernon, Victoria, Weatherford, White Oak, Whitehouse, Whitesboro, Wichita Falls, Willis, Wills Point, Winnsboro, Wylie, Yoakum
VIRGINIA – Grundy
WEST VIRGINIA – Barboursville, Beaver, Beckley, Bluefield, Bridgeport, Buckhannon, Chapmanville, Charleston, Clarksburg, Dunbar, Elkins, Elkview, Fairmont, Fayetteville, Grafton, Huntington, Hurricane, Lewisburg, Milton, Mount Hope, New Martinsville, Nitro, Oak Hill, Parkersburg, Philippi, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Ravenswood, Ripley, Saint Albans, Salem, Scott Depot, Spencer, Summersville, Vienna, Wayne, Weston, Williamson