Having access to reliable wi-fi is no longer a luxury, but a real need in today’s world. Most people need internet access at home to work or for their kids to do their homework, especially now when a global pandemic has kept many of us at home.
However, wi-fi and internet access can be very expensive and many families struggle to afford it. Thankfully, there are low income internet options that can help lower-income households keep up with the demand for internet access in today’s world. Check out the slides below to learn more about low-cost internet options.
Low income internet is discounted internet access available to households near or below the national poverty line. Low income families may qualify for local internet discounts or government level discounts such as the Lifeline internet program, which provides a $9.25 discount off a recipient’s internet or phone bill but not both.
There is no free internet for low income households available anywhere, only varying levels of discounts depending on a household’s financial situation and location.
For example, Lifeline internet is available everywhere in the country because it is a government discount that can be applied to any internet plan of your choosing. However, the Internet Essentials program by Comcast, which is another low income internet program, is only available where Comcast is available and may have limited service in other locations.
Low income wifi and internet access through ethernet are all options available through most low income internet plans. Depending on the low income internet options available in your area, you may be able to choose between different plans and get access to a faster internet connection.
The type of low income internet you qualify for will also depend on your family make up. For example, if you have school-aged children (children in grades K-12) that qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) you may be able to receive greater discounts from internet providers in your area.
This is also true if you qualify for other government assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To learn how you can get internet for low income families, continue to the next slide.