AFFORDABLE HOME INTERNET OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUALIFYING HOUSEHOLDS
On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline Program. In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program. Through these affordable services for qualifying low-income households, consumers can complete homework, access ebooks and online textbooks, explore career options, search for jobs, apply to 2- and 4-year colleges, bank and pay bills online, get news, and much more. To learn more or to apply, click here for some options for the state of Alabama.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, some internet providers are extending offers for free home internet services:
- Comcast (1-800-934-6489):
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone via hotspots
- Discounting data limits
- No disconnect or late fees
- News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex
- Charter (1-844-488-8395):
- Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students, who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, at any service level up to 100 MBPS. Install fees waived.
- Open Wi-Fi hotspots across their footprint for public use
- For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
- AT&T (1-800-288-2020):
- Free access to its public WiFi hot spots
- Suspending terminations and late fees for nonpayment
- Unlimited data for consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers
- T-Mobile (1 (800) 937-8997):
- Unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days
- Additional data to mobile hotspots