Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans

With the anticipated wind-down of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), many low-cost plans offered to ACP participants by internet service providers will likely change. This could include changing eligibility criteria, suspending new enrollments, or setting plan end dates for current customers. We will update the plans on this page as information is made available, but you should contact your internet service provider for detailed information.

To meet the needs of households with low-incomes, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer discount broadband plans. With the launch of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the number of low-cost offerings has increased rapidly and continues to grow.

While offering more affordable choices is positive, varying costs, eligibility, and quality of service can make it challenging for digital inclusion practitioners, let alone individual customers, to understand which plans meet their needs.

Which offers are included on this page?

We’ve included plans that provide home internet service for $30 per month or less, which are effectively free for households participating in ACP. Most plans have eligibility requirements linked to income or program enrollment, so we provide specific criteria for each plan.

Most plans were added after May 2022, when the Biden-Harris Administration announced that 20 ISPs would offer at least one high-speed internet plan with a minimum of 100 MB download for no more than $30 per month, with no additional fees or data caps.

Who is this page for?

This page is for anyone interested in learning about free and low-cost internet offers. We encourage individual consumers looking for low-cost internet to use EveryoneOn or the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) page to find specific offers in your area.

NDIA’s Affiliates aim to provide ACP participants with a suitable alternative as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) ends in their communities. Before the pandemic, a few Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offered “low-cost plans” for low-income households. However, the plans varied widely in their offerings, administration, and eligibility requirements. We spoke with  NDIA affiliates to understand their suggestions for a low-cost internet plan model, and based on their feedback, we created a Low-Cost Plan Model.

If Congress doesn’t act and ACP lapses, NDIA urges providers to offer this Low-Cost Plan Model to qualifying households. This will prevent ACP beneficiaries from disconnecting their service once the program ends.

There is still time for Congress to act to save the ACP! Learn more about NDIA’s work to advocate for the ACP. To learn more about the ACP Wind-down, visit ACP Transition.

ACP-Only Plans (Eligibility Requirements)

These plans are offered exclusively to Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) participants who use their ACP benefit to pay for the plan. With the $30 ACP benefit ($75 for Tribal participants) applied, these plans come at no cost to the customer.

In each of the tables below, click on the “+” symbol next to the provider’s name on the left-hand side of each table to expand more information. Click on the red, hyperlinked text to go to the plan’s homepage. The “Customer Alert” column describes our experiences with the ISPs and shows what information was incorrect or inconsistent.

ProviderPlanCost with ACP BenefitSpeed (Download/Upload)Service TypeAdditional Taxes and Fees for ACP CustomersService AreaOther NotesCustomer Alert
Allo CommunicationsALLO 100 Mbps Internet Service$0100/100Fiber$0MapNo additional notesNone
BreezelineInternet Assist Plus Plan$0100/10Depends on location, use zipcode on website for info on either fiber or cable location$0MapModem lease and home networking fee are waived with ACPNone
ComporiumConnected Internet Program$0100/100Depends on location$0MapACP verification must be done through a retail store, in person and with identificationNone
FrontierFrontier Fiber Internet 100 Mbps$0100/100Depends on location$0MapFree installation and equipmentNone
Hawaiian Telcom100 Mbps Fiber Internet$0100/100Fiber34.99 (customer may request a waiver)Map$34.99 activation fee - customer may request that the fee be waivedRepresentative of Hawaiian Telecom was unaware that this plan is active, and stated that it is not currently available. The 100 Mbps Fiber Internet plan, as advertised on Hawaiian Telecom's website, has been verified as active by NDIA, and is available for purchase (September 2022)
IdeatekIdeatek Essential Access$0100/100Fiber or wirelss depends on area$0Map$10 equipment fee (customer may use their own router)None
Jackson Energy Authority - EPlus Broadband$0100/100Fiber$0MapOnline or in-store application onlyNone
MLGC$0100/20Fiber$0MapNo additional notesNone
OptimumOptimum Online (300 Mbps)$0300/300Depends on location (cable/fiber)$0Map100 dollar gift card available when signing up. Standard cost is $40/month. After ACP benefit is applied, Optimum covers remaining $10/month. 300mbs download speed not available in all areas.Optimum's representative failed to mention that, when purchasing the Optimum Online 300 Mbps plan and applying your ACP eligibility, customers must subscribe for unlimited phone service to qualify for this no-cost offer (September 2022)
Spectrum (Charter Communications)Spectrum Internet 100$0100/10cable$0MapSpectrum Internet 100 promotion price (including WiFi) is $29.99/mo for 2 years; standard rates apply after 2 year promotional period. Standard rate for Spectrum Internet 100 is $59.99/month + $5/month wifi charge. After 2-year promotional period, monthly cost for ACP customers increases to $34.99 after ACP discount is applied.Spectrum representatives provided inconsistent information about which plans are only open to new customers vs new and existing customers - they shared incorrect information about both of their low cost plans. Spectrum Internet Assist is only open to new customers who meet eligibility criteria, while Spectrum Internet 100 is open to new and existing customers but requires ACP participation (September 2022)
Twin ValleyFree Internet Program$0100/100Depends on location$11.99/mo where wifi is requiredMapNo additional notesNone
Verizon$0100/10Fiber$0MapCharge for router fee is waived. Current ACP customers, and customers who meet Verizon's requirements, will receive a $30/mo discount off of a $60/mo plan. You must sign up for autopay to qualify an additional $10/mo discountNone
Vermont Telephone CompanyACP “All In” Fully Funded Plan$0100/100Fiber$0MapFree installation and activation. Router includedNone
Wow! Internet, Cable and TVACP Internet 100$0100/10cable$0MapNo additional notesNone

Low-Cost Plans (Eligibility Requirements)

These plans are offered to customers who meet specific eligibility requirements. The eligibility criteria for these plans are often broader than those for ACP, and they do not require participation in ACP to qualify for the low-cost offer. This means that some customers who are not eligible for ACP may still qualify for these plans. Eligibility varies by plan, but is generally based on income, participation in other assistance programs (e.g., Head Start, TANF, LIHEAP), or being part of a target group (e.g., K-12 students, residents of housing authority-owned property). ACP participants may use their benefit to pay for these plans.

ProviderPlanMonthly service costCost with ACP BenefitSpeed (Download/Upload)Service TypeAdditional Taxes and Fees for ACP CustomersService AreaOther NotesCustomer Alert
AT&TAccess from AT&T$30$0100/100dependant on location, unsure$0MapAccess from AT&T is a low-cost program for home internet access in the 21 states where they offer wireline home internet services to limited income households who participate in the:Affordable Connectivity ProgramSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for California residents onlyNational School Lunch, orHave a household income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.All households that qualify and enroll with AT&T for ACP will also qualify for Access from AT&T.AT&T representative stated that this plan was only available for customers applying with an ACP benefit - this is not true. Access From AT&T is available to customers who meet plan eligibility criteria, which includes ACP (September 2022)
Comcast XfinityInternet Essentials Plus$29.95$0100/20Cable$0MapNo additional notesNone
Comcast XfinityInternet Essentials$9.95$0 (Additional taxes and fees may exceed ACP discount) 50/10Cable$0MapNo additional notesNone
Cox CommunicationsConnectAssist Package$30$0100/3Depends on location (cable/fiber)0$MapNo additional notesNone
Google FiberGoogle Fiber 300 Meg Plan$30$0300/300Fiber0$MapNo additional notesNone
Cox CommunicationsConnect2Compete$9.95$0 (Additional taxes and fees may exceed ACP discount) 100/3Depends on location (cable/fiber)0$MapNo additional notesNone
Human-I-THuman I-T Connect$15$050/10Mobile Wireless$85 upfront modem feeMap$85 upfront modem fee. See Eligibility Criteria Mobile wireless service, so speeds vary by location and coverageNone
OptimumOptimum Advantage Internet$14.99$ (Additional taxes and fees may exceed ACP discount) 20/5Same speed regardless of service type$2-$3 depending on stateMapYou may qualify for Optimum Advantage Internet if you’re in one of the following groups:Households with Students:Your household qualifies for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); ORYou are a New York City resident attending a New York City public schoolSeniors:You are 65 years or older and eligible for or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)VeteransYou are a Veteran and receive state or federal public assistance.Universal Criteria: In addition to being in one of the groups above, you must not have an outstanding balance with Optimum or Suddenlink, you must live in an area where Optimum or Suddenlink Internet service is available, you must have not been an Optimum or Suddenlink Internet subscriber within the last 60 days, and you must provide a valid US Postal Service address when applying.Optimum representatives stated on multiple occasions that customers could not apply an ACP benefit to this plan, and that it is only available to applicants 65+ years old - neither of these is true. This plan has multiple eligibility criteria, as listed on Optimum's website, and it is ACP eligible (September 2022)
PCs for PeopleBridging the Gap$15$050/10Fixed wireless & mobile wirelessUpfront $45 for modem onlyMapUpfront $45 for modem only. Eligibility Criteria; Mobile wireless service, so speeds vary by location and coverageNone
Spectrum (Charter Communications)Spectrum Internet Assist$24.99$0 (Additional taxes and fees may exceed ACP discount) 50/10Depends on location (cable/fiber)$0MapInstallation costs may apply if technician is required ($65). Wifi will cost an additional $5/mo. Service activation fee is $30Spectrum representatives provided inconsistent information about which plans are only open to new customers vs new and existing customers - they shared incorrect information about both of their low cost plans. Spectrum Internet Assist is only open to new customers who meet eligibility criteria, while Spectrum Internet 100 is open to new and existing customers but requires ACP participation (September 2022)
StarryStarry Connect$15$030/30Fixed Wireless0$MapPlan offers vary by location. Multiple plans exist that are $0 to ACP participants. Eligibility information hereNone
StarryStarry Select$30$0100/50Fixed Wireless0$MapPlan offers vary by location. Multiple plans that are $0 to ACP participants. Eligibility information hereNone
Vexus Fiber$30$0150/150Fiber7/mo modem rental & mandatory $50 installation feeMap$7/mo modem rental waived if using your own modemNone
Xtream (Powered by Mediacom)Connect2Compete Plus (C2C+)$30$050/5Cable0$MapFree modem rental, free installationNone

Low-Cost Plans (No Eligibility Requirements)

These plans are offered to all customers where the service is available, with no special eligibility criteria. ACP participants may use their benefit to pay for these plans.

ProviderPlanMonthly service costCost with ACP BenefitSpeed (Download/Upload)Service TypeAdditional Taxes and Fees for ACP CustomersService AreaOther NotesCustomer Alert
Digital CCanopy$18$0100/100Wireless$0.00MapNo additional notesNone
Xtream (Powered by Mediacom)Connect2Compete$9.9520/3Cable-MapAdditional $13 modem rental/monthNone

Notes

Speed (Download/Upload) – The speeds listed for each plan are the fastest speeds advertised for that plan. Actual speeds may vary depending on the type of service available in a given area, along with a range of other factors, some of which can be controlled by the provider and some of which cannot.
Service Type – This is the general type(s) of broadband technology the service uses. Where more than one type of service is listed, the provider generally offers service through the best technology (e.g. fiber) where it is available and through another technology (e.g. cable or DSL) where it is not. 
Additional Taxes & Fees – Additional taxes and fees are meant to include any costs beyond a plan’s monthly subscription cost. These could include one-time costs like installation fees or recurring costs, such as taxes and monthly equipment rentals. These fees may or may not be covered by ACP benefits. While NDIA makes an effort to document all additional costs, it is possible that some costs may not be readily apparent on a provider’s website.
Service Area – Service area mapping is shown for each provider and is not plan-specific, and some plans are not offered across a provider’s entire service area. Broadband Now is used to show general service areas with consistent mapping across all providers. For specific availability for each plan, users should contact providers directly, using the links provided in the “Plan” field.

Inclusion Criteria

Free and Low-cost offers must meet the following minimum criteria to be included on this page:

Speed: Minimum speed threshold must not be lower than the federal definition for “broadband internet” of 25Mbps upload/3Mbps download

Cost: Maximum cost for any plan will not be greater than $30/month

Data Caps: Plans included on this page have no data caps

 

Updates and Adding More Offers

We regularly review and update this page. As part of this process, we reach out to ISPs by phone and research offers on their website. We ask about monthly costs (including taxes and fees), participation in ACP, and several other details.

We have consistently heard misleading information from some providers about plan costs, eligibility requirements, and plan availability.

To suggest additional content, email [email protected]. Additional plans should adhere to the Free & Low-cost Internet Plans page criteria above.