List of low cost internet programs

If you qualify for a fixed broadband connection with at least 250 gb per moth of data, why pay mobile data prices of $10 per gb or more?

There are some low cost internet programs for subscribers meeting certain guidelines. Usually you have to meet certain criteria to qualify:
. Income below %200 or 300% of federal poverty guidelines .
Eligible for government assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, School lunch assistance, Veterans pensions, live in HUD assisted housing, SSI etc
. Live in a qualifying low income area.
Or some bewildering combination of the above
These offers start at at$ 9.95 per month Mostly from cable companies to qualifying subscribers.
Some of these maybe be able to be used in combination with a lifeline program lowering the cost of these services even more,
Here is a preliminary list of what I see available.
Please post any other possibilities you know of.

§ Comcast Internet Essentials $ 9..95 per month.

Programs are available to,
§ Families, Housing Assistance, Seniors, Community College Students

§ CenturyLink Internet Basics $9.95 per month

§ See Important Details

§ PREPAID Price For Life High Speed Internet Service: Service and offer are not available everywhere. Limited time offer. Only available through on-line sign-up at Rate is available to new, qualifying residential customers who reside in qualifying locations.


§ Access AT&T $5-$10 per month


§ Google Fiber $0- $15 per month

§ Community Impact

§ Charter Spectrum $14.99 per month

§ Low Income Internet Assistance for Families, Students, & Seniors | Spectrum

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§ Cox Communications $9.95 per month

§ Eagle communications

To help address this important issue, we are announcing the launch of the Eagle Connect 2 Compete (C2C) program. We offer families who qualify for free lunches through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive 5 Mb high-speed internet service for $9.95 per month and free modem use for two years. No tax dollars will be spent for this program, this is just another way that Eagle is keeping “Our Community…Connected."


§ Frontier Internet

§ Frontier Lifeline Program - Find Out if You're Eligible |

§ You can apply your Lifeline discount to qualifying standalone internet access services. If you do not have voice (traditional telephone) services with Frontier, but you have standalone internet access, you may be able to quality for the Lifeline discount. Services and availability vary by state, so contact Customer Service and a Frontier representative will be happy to see if you have qualifying internet access services in your area.

§ Mediacom $9.95 per month



§ Pioneer communications

§ Lifeline Program | Pioneer Communications

A customer’s household is eligible for the Lifeline Program discount if that customer’s annual household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, or if the customer, a dependent, or a member in the customer’s household participates in one or more of the following:
Kansas Corporation Commission - Kansas Lifeline Program
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Participation programs include:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
Veterans Pensions and Survivors Benefit Programs
Eligible households may only have Lifeline on one wireless telephone or one wireline telephone, not both. Lifeline customers may not transfer their Lifeline discount to another person even if the other person is eligible.

§ Everyone Offers

Some other possibilites .

§ Many local libraries offer take home mobile hotspots.


§ WildBlue satellite internet $39.95

§ Press releases | Viasat.


§ Earthlink offers dialup $9.95 per month DSL $14.95/month

§ High-Speed Internet Services | EarthLink

Great thread.

There was very informative information on this topic on the old RingPlus social forum that's unfortunately now gone. It included information on lifeline wireless broadband that is available either to income qualified folks or perhaps to anyone.

Wonderful post, als! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this!


Maybe it's still available, if you don't mind searching through the archives:

Not having to pay $50 or more per month for internet access has made a big difference. These days you have to have internet access to apply for jobs, search out deals and communicate with friends and family. We are fortunate right now to have free wifi ( a bit better than intermittently) available where we are parked, for this work season. Many on this forum are paying $10 or more per GB for data access. $10/GB/month is not cost effective if there are internet deals available for $9.95/ month( and up) offering at least 250 GB per month, if you live in an area with cable service and qualify. By having ( even intermittent) free wifi at home we have been able to reduce our cell usage to the absolute minimum. Rather than trying to use cell data for home internet as I was trying to do last year.

Thanks for pointing out that the comcast internet essentials apply link is broken.
Here is the correct one.

( grin) I attempted to edit my post, but was notified that my post had, ' too many links please remove some'

The Internet Archive doesn't have any search function.

One of the the ringplus community discussions about lifeline/ cheap internet I accessed with just one click is still available via Obama Lifeline Program for Low Income Individuals with free data now too - RingPlus Social
Here is one thread from ringplus regarding Lifeline I accessed with just one click.