Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans
The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households in all kinds of communities who don’t have it. Some Internet Service Providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans, that will only be available for a short time; others continue to offer plans that were created prior to the crisis. NDIA commits to keeping this list of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans updated daily.
Which offers are included in this list?
To support local efforts, NDIA has compiled a list of current offers from ISPs that will help low-income households to acquire service at low or no cost. Most have eligibility limitations linked to income or program enrollment. The list also includes established, nationally available low-cost plans offered by nonprofit organizations. We will add other providers’ plans as we learn of them.
Content on this page was updated on September 26, 2020. All offers are less than $20/month total cost (with no installation fees).
Who is the list for?
This detailed list was designed to be helpful for digital inclusion practitioners, community leaders, service providers, libraries, media, and others who may give guidance to clients and constituents. It is not designed for distribution to the general public. We encourage an individual looking for a internet service to use EveryoneOn to find specific offers at their address for which they might be eligible.
What about data caps on mobile service?
Sprint and T-Mobile are the only mobile providers to have lifted data caps for mobile phones entirely (for 60 days). Data caps for the two companies’ hotspots have not been eliminated, but both are providing hotspot customers with an extra 20 GB of monthly data for two months.
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In the table, click on the + symbol for details on each offer
|PROVIDER||NAME OF PLAN||TYPE OF SERVICE||COST||WHO’S ELIGIBLE?||WHERE IS THIS AVAILABLE?||HOW TO APPLY?||MORE INFO|
|COMCAST XFINITY||Internet Essentials||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 50 Mbps and upload speed of 5 Mbs. No data limitation. Home wi-fi included. Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials.||$9.95 per month plus tax/fees. The price of the Covered Service is limited to a single outlet and in-home Internet equipment. Self-installation kit included at no extra charge. Additional charges apply for home drop off, professional installation, additional outlets for the Covered Service||The program is only available to households that (i) are located where Comcast offers Internet service; (ii) have a member of the household who is receiving a form of public assistance (“qualifying public assistance”) that is set forth at www.internetessentials.com/apply or such other URL as Comcast may designate to provide information and updates to the program and provide proof of such qualifying public assistance to Comcast in accordance with the process detailed at www.internetessentials.com/apply; (iii) do not have unreturned equipment less than 12 months old and (iv) have not subscribed to any Comcast Internet service within the last ninety (90) days (sections 1(i)–(iv) collectively are defined as “Eligibility Criteria”).||BroadbandNow XFINITY From Comcast Coverage Map||APPLY ONLINE||Internet Essentials website|
|CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS||Internet Assist||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 30 Mbps. No data limitation. Home wi-fi is optional for additional $5.||$17.99 per month plus tax. No installation charge. Home wi-fi modem costs $5 extra. No contract, no credit check.||Member(s) of household must be a recipient of National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP, or Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only). Must not have subscribed to Charter Internet within the last 30 days, or have any outstanding debt to Charter that is less than one year old.||BroadbandNow Charter Spectrum Coverage Map||MAIL-IN APPLICATION FORM||Spectrum Internet Assist web page|
|AT&T||Access From AT&T||ADSL or AT&T Fiber service at speeds up to 10 Mbps (down). No data limitation. Home wi-fi is included.||Access from AT&T customers at locations with available AT&T Internet speeds above 10Mbps are eligible for a speed upgrade up to 25Mbps. $10 per month depending on available download speed. Current AT&T Internet plans carry a $10 Equipment Fee, which is in addition to the monthly recurring charge for the plan itself. Certain older plans may include a monthly Equipment Fee of $2, $4, $7 or $10 depending on the plan and date of purchase.||Households with household incomes below 135% of Federal poverty guidelines, and/or participating in the Federal school lunch program or the Head Start program. No outstanding debt for AT&T fixed Internet service within the last six months.||BroadbandNow AT&T Internet Coverage Map||APPLY ONLINE Or call 1-855-220-5211||Access From AT&T web page |
-At least one resident participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
-An address in the 21-state service area, where AT&T offers wireline home Internet service.
-No outstanding debt with AT&T for fixed Internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under the Access program.
|PCs for People||Bridging the Gap||Sprint 4G LTE wireless service with a wi-fi hotspot, provided by Mobile Beacon. Speed varies with tower coverage. No data limitations.||$15 per month plus initial purchase cost of modem. Plans are prepaid with no credit check or hidden fees.||Household with income below the 200% poverty level, or currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.||Nationwide||PURCHASE ONLINE|
|Human-I-T||Sprint 4G LTE wireless service with a wi-fi hotspot, provided by Mobile Citizen. Speed varies with tower coverage. No data limitations.||$14.99 per month plus initial purchase cost of modem. Plans are prepaid with no credit check or hidden fees.||Household with income below the 200% poverty level, or currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.||Nationwide||PURCHASE ONLINE|
|COX COMMUNICATIONS||Connect2Compete||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 50 Mbps. No data limitation. Home wi-fi included.||$9.95 per month plus tax. No self-installation charge. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract. Additional installation, applicable taxes, and other fees are extra.||Families with K-12 children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing||BroadbandNow Cox Communications Coverage Map||APPLY ONLINE||Cox Connect2Compete web page|
|ALTICE USA (SUDDENLINK COMMUNICATIONS)||Altice Advantage||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 30 Mbps. No data limitation. Home wi-fi included.||First 60 days of service is free for new customers, then $14.99 per month plus tax. Discounted installation charge of $30, billed in $10 monthly segments. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract.||Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or a veteran and receive state or federal public assistance.||BroadbandNow's Suddenlink Communications Coverage Map||Call 1-888-633-0030||Altice Advantage web page|
|ALTICE USA (OPTIMUM)||Altice Advantage||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 30 Mbps. No data limitation. Home wi-fi included.||First 60 days of service is free for new customers, then $14.99 per month plus tax. Discounted installation charge of $30, billed in $10 monthly segments. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract.||Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or a veteran and receive state or federal public assistance.||BroadbandNow's Optimum By Altice Coverage Map||Call 1-866-200-9522||Altice Advantage web page|
|MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS||Connect2Compete||Cable Internet service at download speed up to 25 Mbps. No data limitation. Home wi-fi included.||$9.95 per month plus tax. No installation charge. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract. Price applies so long as the eligibility criteria are met; if program participant no longer meets the eligibility criteria, then standard rates for the Internet service and equipment apply.||Child qualifies for National School Lunch Program (NSLP); not a Mediacom internet customer in the past 90 days; do not have an outstanding Mediacom bill or unreturned equipment.||BroadbandNow's Mediacom Cable Coverage Map||Call 1-855-904-2225|
|Mediacom Connect2Compete web page|
|WAVE||Simply Internet||Fiber Internet service, at up to 25 Mbps download speed||$9.95 per month; no contract; no installation or equipment charge||Household member(s) participates in Federal school linch program "or other qualifying program"||BroadbandNow's Wave Broadband Availability Map||Download and fill out form and drop off at local WAVE sales location||Wave Simply Internet web page|
|WAVE (City of Seattle)||Simply Internet||Fiber Internet service, at up to 25 Mbps download speed||$9.95 per month plus tax; no contract; no installation or equipment charge||Household with member(s) who is 62 years or older; living with a disability (receiving disability payments, be legally blind, or on a life support system in the home); living in low-income housing or a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher recipient; enrolled in the Seattle Utilities Discount Program; enrolled in the National School Lunch Program; of with household income income less than 70% of the State’s Median level||City of Seattle||Download and fill out form, mail to City Of Seattle Office of Cable Communications, 700 Fifth Avenue Suite 1800 P.O. Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124-4709.||Wave Simply Internet web page|
|SONIC||Based on location, service may be on fiber-optic network, with symmetric speeds of up to 1Gbps, or copper network, with speeds up to 50Mbps. No data caps.||Three months of free internet access for eligible new customers. No installation or equipment fees. No contract.||Households with members who are K-12 or college students, or senior citizens 60 or older.||BroadbandNow's Sonic Availability Map||APPLY ONLINE||See details at this page or call Sonic at 1-888-766-4233|
|CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS||Student Support Program||DSL or fiber Internet service depending on location. Available speeds not specified.||Two months of free Internet service, with free installation, no equipment or router charges, no contract. After two months of free service, customers may choose regular service on a contract or month-to-month basis.||Offer is intended for low-income students and their families who do not have home Internet service. Must be a new residential Internet customer to qualify, but will consider eligibility for existing customers.||BroadbandNow's Consolidated Communications Availability Map||New customers call 1-855-399-3084; mention offer code "Two Months Free". Current customers APPLY ONLINE.|
|ATLANTIC BROADBAND||Atlantic Broadband Internet Assist||Cable internet service at download speed up to 15 Mbps; no data limitation||First two months of service at no cost, then $9.99 per month plus taxes. No charge for installation, modem lease, or home networking. No contract.||Those who 1) do not currently subscribe to an Atlantic Broadband Internet Service and who have not subscribed to Atlantic Broadband Internet Service in the last one hundred and twenty (120) days; 2) do not have any past due balances with Atlantic Broadband; 3) have not been disconnected from any Atlantic Broadband service within the last twelve (12) months due to non-payment; and 4) are eligible for any of the following public assistance programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Housing Assistance, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and/or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).||BroadbandNow's Atlantic Broadband Availability Map||APPLY ONLINE or call 855-594-1249 to learn more||Atlantic Broadband internet support page; scroll down to "ATLANTIC BROADBAND INTERNET ASSIST PROGRAM"|
|VERIZON||Fiber optic (FIOS) Internet service at any available speed (minimum speed is 200 Mbps symmetrical)||$20 per month discount from the regular price of Verizon FIOS service (e.g. 200 Mbps service for $19.99/month plus taxes); no router rental charge for first 60 days. $15/mo. router charge applies. $99 setup charge may apply when not using online order service. Taxes & terms may apply. Auto Pay & paper-free billing required. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit.||New FIOS customers who qualify for federal Lifeline discount, i.e. household income below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participating in certain federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Medicaid. Some variation by state.||BroadbandNow's Verizon FIOS Coverage Map. Please note this offer only applies in parts of Verizon service territory where FIOS is available.||Check Lifeline eligibility at this web page. If eligible, ORDER 200 MBPS FIOS ONLINE .Lifeline discounts are not displayed in online order. Discount will be added to your account once your service is installed and your Lifeline eligibility is confirmed.||News release |
Verizon's Lifeline Discount Program
|RCN||Internet First||Cable internet service at download speed up to 25 Mbps. Home wi-fi included. No data limitation.||First 60 days of service is free for new customers, then $9.95 per month plus tax. No installation charge. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract.||Household member is a participant in National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, other public assistance program. Not a subscriber to RCN services within the last 60 days. Must re-enroll annually.||Broadband Now RCN Availability Map||APPLY ONLINE||Internet First web page|
|Grande Communications||Internet First||Cable internet service at download speed up to 25 Mbps. Home wi-fi included. No data limitation.||First 60 days of service is free for new customers, then $9.95 per month plus tax. No installation charge. Wi-fi modem is free. No contract.||Household member is a participant in National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, other public assistance program. Not a subscriber to RCN services within the last 60 days. Must re-enroll annually.||Broadband Now Grande Communications Availability Map||APPLY ONLINE||Internet First web page|
|Charter-Spectrum||Remote Education Offer||Speeds ofup to 200 Mbps and WiFi access for 60 days||Free||Households with K-12th graders, college students and/or educators.||Available to customers who live in a Spectrum market and do not currently have Spectrum Internet services. See the Spectrum Coverage map||Call (844) 310-1198 for a free self-installation kit||More information here|