Low cost internet services help seniors stay connected
The internet is a valuable tool for seniors. It helps them stay connected with family, friends, and community services.
This helps prevent social isolation, which can seriously worsen health.
Having internet at home also allows the use of safety services, like fall monitoring, automated temperature control, home security, and more.
But monthly access fees can be expensive.
Fortunately, federal government programs and some internet service providers are helping seniors get online with low-cost services, typically with no monthly contracts and free or low-cost equipment.
We rounded up 8 sources of low-cost internet for seniors. Availability depends on location and financial situation, but these programs are well worth checking into.
8 sources of low cost internet for seniors
1. FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program
Most internet providers participate in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program which allows eligible households to save up to $30 a month on internet service and get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Find out more and check eligibility
2. FCC’s Lifeline program
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet services. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 off the cost of phone, internet, or bundled services. Participants in Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, Veterans benefits, and other federal, state, and tribal assistance programs will be eligible. Find out more and sign up
3. Comcast Xfinity
Eligible individuals can get home internet service for $10/month, in-home Wifi, option to buy a discounted computer, access to free internet training classes, and access to Xfinity Wifi hotspots. Free access is available for those participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. Find out more and apply online
Access from AT&T provides free or low-cost home internet service to qualifying households. Low-cost access is $30/month or less based on the maximum speed available at the address. Free access is available for those participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. Find out more and apply online
EveryoneOn is an organization that works with a variety of internet service providers to offer low-cost plans. See offers
6. Spectrum Internet Assist
Spectrum Internet Assist offers special rates on internet internet service and discounts for those participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. Check availability in your area
7. Google Fiber
In some neighborhoods, Google Fiber offers high-speed plans for $20/per month. Check for availability and find out more
8. Internet First
The Internet First program offers high speed internet service to qualifying low-income households in RCN, Grande, and Wave serviceable areas. Check for availability and find out more
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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