Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Stacy Earl

For low-income individuals, saving money on internet services can greatly aid in managing monthly expenses. Here are several strategies and tips for saving money on internet services:

  • Check for Government Assistance: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has programs like the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which offers a discount for broadband services to eligible households. Check if you qualify.
  • Research Low-Income Programs: Many internet service providers (ISPs) offer discounted plans for low-income households. Programs like AT&T’s Access, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and Spectrum’s Internet Assist provide affordable internet services for qualifying individuals.
  • Negotiate or Renegotiate: It never hurts to call your ISP and negotiate your current rate. Let them know if you’re considering switching to a different provider or if you’re struggling with your bill. Often, to retain customers, they might offer discounts or promotions.
  • Downgrade Your Plan: If you’re paying for ultra-high-speed internet but mainly use it for basic tasks like checking email or browsing websites, you might be able to switch to a lower, cheaper plan without noticing much of a difference.
  • Limit Data Usage: If your plan has a data cap and you’re charged for exceeding it, monitor your usage and try to reduce high-data activities, like streaming in high-definition or online gaming.
  • Use Public Wi-Fi: For tasks that aren’t sensitive (like streaming a video), consider using public Wi-Fi available at local libraries, coffee shops, or community centers. Remember, avoid accessing personal or financial information on public networks unless you’re using a VPN for security.
  • Consider Mobile Internet: Depending on your location and usage, a mobile data plan might be more affordable than a traditional broadband connection, especially with the increasing availability of unlimited data plans.

By researching and exploring these options, low-income individuals can find ways to reduce their internet service costs without sacrificing their connection quality.