Low-Cost Internet SolutionsFor those who qualify, there are programs and packages available to provide high-speed internet at a lower cost. Some internet service providers (ISPs) offer their own programs. Others participate in a government program called Lifeline. See below for more information about various programs.
Lifeline is a government program that provides subsidies for low-income families that need phone or internet service. To learn more about Lifeline, visit their website.
Internet Service Provider (ISP) Programs
There are many ISPs throughout the United States, and some offer their own programs to lower internet costs for eligible customers. You may already be aware of which companies serve your area. If not, go to the Federal Communications Commission website and enter your address to find programs and eligibility standards for your location.
Low Cost Internet Service
If you are unable to afford the full price of high-speed internet, we explain in ASL some options to reduce your out-of-pocket cost for internet service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions about the Lifeline program
If you qualify (qualifications do vary by state), check on the Universal Service Administration Website and choose an ISP in your area that is participating in the Lifeline program to sign up. To see which internet providers in your area participate in this program, click here.
The following are examples of internet providers that participate in the Lifeline program:
LifeLine will provide $9.25 per month to help with your internet bill. You must choose assistance for either phone or internet when you sign up—you can’t receive both.
You may qualify for Lifeline assistance if your income is 135% or less of the federal poverty guideline or if someone in your household participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
You may also qualify if you, or someone in your household, participate in one of the following assistance programs:
- You reside on Tribal lands and you participate in any of the above federal assistance programs; or
- You, or someone in your household, participate in one of the following assistance programs:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) General Assistance
- Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
- Tribally-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)