There are few avenues to explore when looking to access affordable internet. Here are some suggestions on where to start:
1. Check out your local library as many public libraries are now starting to offer hotspots that you can check out and use at home (like a library book). Search your local library and then look for things like "services," "technology," and "hotspots." If you aren't able to find anything online, call the listed number and ask the librarian.
2. Utilize the Everyone On
platform to search through different offerings in your zip code. The platform will ask you about a variety of potential eligibility criteria, once you make your selections you will then see what is available. It will list national programs as well as local internet provider programs.
3. If you have done the step above and selected the "Have a K-12 student or college student in your household" button you will have already seen this option, the Affordable Connectivity Program
(ACP) offers discounts on internet service in homes (up to $30/month, eligibility based on income).
Currently, the federal government has secured commitments from leading internet providers to offer ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. Eligible families who pair their ACP benefit with one of these plans can receive high-speed internet at no cost. If you are looking to combine these benefits, follow the steps here:https://www.whitehouse.gov/getinternet/