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7 Sources of Low Cost Internet for Seniors

8 sources of low cost internet for seniors help older adults stay in touch with family & friends and access helpful resources.

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 tele-health appointments, 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 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 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. FCC’s Lifeline program

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet services. Participants in Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, Veterans benefits, and other federal and state assistance programs are eligible.

Eligible customers can get up to $9.25 off the cost of phone, internet, or bundled services. People living on Tribal lands can get an enhanced discount of up to $34.25. Find out more and sign up

2. Comcast Xfinity

Eligible individuals can get home internet service for $9.95/month, in-home Wifi, option to buy a discounted computer, access to free internet training classes, and access to Xfinity Wifi hotspots. Find out more and apply online

3. AT&T

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. Find out more and apply online

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4. EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is an organization that works with a variety of internet service providers to offer low-cost plans. See offers

5. Spectrum Internet Assist

Spectrum Internet Assist offers special rates on internet internet service and discounts.

To qualify, a household member must be receiving one of these assistance programs: Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP. Check availability in your area

6. Google Fiber

In qualifying areas in select locations under the Neighborhood 100 plan, Google Fiber offers high-speed plans for $20/month. Check for availability and find out more

7. 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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