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 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.
7 sources of low cost internet for seniors
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
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
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
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
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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