How to get cheap internet service in your state (subsidized service for low-income families and other plans, too).
There are many ways to get cheap internet service that most people don’t know about. Some of them are subsidized plans available only to low-income families, but others are available to anyone, no matter how little nor how much you make.
To check on your own state’s providers and specific qualification criteria, just click on your state below. You’ll find a wide variety of cheap broadband providers that may be available to you — income-based plans offered by cable and telephone companies, low-cost programs based on new technologies that are available to folks who don’t qualify for the income-based plans, special Lifeline Broadband pilot programs approved by the Federal Communications Commission, and municipal wireless networks available in your state.
Some states offer few options, but others offer each of the options mentioned above. But many low-cost broadband plans are expanding rapidly. With a little luck, you’ll have several good options to choose from. But don’t despair if nothing is available for you right now. Just keep checking back here at CheapInternet.com for the latest updates.
Click on your state to find out what cheap internet plans are available in your area:
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Cheap internet plans are available in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program got the cheap internet frenzy rolling back in 2011 when it created the first program aimed at financially-struggling Americans. Exciting technology developments soon brought new companies like FreedomPop and Karma into the cheap internet business. Older technology companies like NetZero continue to offer their own twist cheap internet service. And with the Federal Communications Commission’s prodding, 14 Lifeline Broadband pilot programs are being conducted across the country. Lifeline Broadband is, of course, the direct descendent of Lifeline Assistance, the free government cell phone program (more info).
Chances are very high that one of these cheap broadband programs is a perfect fit for you.
What are the Lifeline eligibility rules for each state?
The eligibility requirements vary from state to state, from program to program, and from company to company. (For a complete list of providers, go to our Low-Income Internet Providers page.
For example, to qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials and get a low-cost computer and high-speed internet access for just $9.95 per month, a family must have at least one child eligible to receive a reduced or free school lunch through the National School Lunch Program (recently broadened to include students in private schools, parochial schools and homeschooled students). Schools designated at “Provision 2” automatically qualify all students. More specifics can be found on your state page.
You probably qualify for the Internet Basics program if you also participate in other governmental assistance programs such as food stamps (SNAP), public housing assistance, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Supplemental Security Income, various Home Energy Assistance Programs, National School Lunch and other programs. Alternately, you may qualify if your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (or 150% in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.) More specifics can be found on your state page.
If you don’t qualify for either of the income-based programs listed above, you’ll undoubtedly qualify for one of the technologically-advanced plans from NetZero, Karma, FreedomPop or others (See Other Low-Cost Internet Plans page). Their concepts are exciting, their service is super, and there are ways to get it at remarkably low prices. So what’s the drawback? You’ll probably need to pass a credit check. Other than that, we think you’ll be very happy.
And new plans and coverage come out all the time. So be sure to keep up with the new on our News and Blog page.
What are you waiting for? Click on your state now, find out which cheap internet plans are available in your area, and start enjoying cheap internet service today.