7 Sources of Low Cost Internet for Seniors

low cost internet for seniors

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.

An internet connection is also needed to use helpful services like Amazon Echo, free caption phones, free videos (like exercises to reduce fall risk), on-demand music, streaming movies, and more.

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 get expensive.

Fortunately, 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 7 sources of low cost internet for seniors. Availability depends on location and financial situation, but these programs are well worth checking into.




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7 sources of low cost internet for seniors

1. Comcast
As part of the Comcast Internet Essentials pilot program, eligible seniors can get home internet service for $10/month, home wi-fi, a free computer, and internet training classes.

The program is currently offered in about a dozen locations across the country. Find out more and apply online

 

2. AT&T
In 21 states, Access from AT&T offers low cost home internet service to qualifying households. It costs between $5 and $10/month, depending on the speed of service in the area.

To qualify, at least one person must participate in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or live in California and get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Find out more and apply online

 

3. EveryoneOn
EveryoneOn is an organization that works with a variety of internet service providers to offer low cost plans. Monthly costs range from $10 – $25/month and there are no contracts to sign. See offers and find out how to qualify

 

4. Spectrum
In some areas, Spectrum Internet Assist offers low cost internet for seniors receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. See if it’s available in your area

 

5. FreedomPop
FreedomPop offers free and low cost wireless internet access to households in selected zip codes. See if it’s available in your area

 

6. FCC’s Lifeline program
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet services. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their bill.

Participants in Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, Veterans benefits, and other federal, state, and tribal assistance programs will be eligible. Find out more and find a local service provider

 

7. Google Fiber
In some neighborhoods, Google Fiber offers high-speed plans for $15/per month. Check for availability and find out more

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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28 Comments

  • Reply October 23, 2019

    Lina Alford

    I live in a rural area with one internet provider. They have gone up in price and another hike is coming.

  • Reply May 1, 2019

    Barbara Frank

    Is there an Internet service out there that can help senior citizens that are not on Welfare, SNAP, or Medicaid. We are on fixed incomes and need help too. SS only goes so far. We have mortgages or rent to pay, utilities, other bills to pay and not much left over for food. We like to be connected like everybody else. It seems people on Medicaid, SNAP, etc. get all the help they need, but senior citizens don’t. I don’t qualify for food stamps because I am above the poverty line (gross income). My net income for the year after all expenses on my income tax is a little above $8K. Now, why do they go by gross and not net income? Just venting. Sorry, but true.

    • Reply July 28, 2019

      DailyCaring

      I’m so sorry that these programs haven’t been helpful to you. It’s possible that you’d qualify for other types of benefits programs. There are many that are available from federal, state, county, and nonprofit organizations.

      NCOA has created an online tool that helps you find out if you can qualify for any of the 2,000+ programs. Get more info here — Benefits Programs Help Pay for Caregiving Expenses https://dailycaring.com/financial-help-caregiving-expenses/

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