Internet Options for Families

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

For more information and to check if you qualify, visit The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program website at

Providers Offering Free or Low-Cost Internet and/or Additional Data Options for Families

The following phone and internet providers are offering free, low-cost, and/or additional Internet for families who do not have internet or have limited internet data at home. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please visit the provider’s page for more information.



AT&T is helping customers by offering an extra 10GB mobile hotspot data for each current phone line per month for 60 days. Additionally, they are offering a low-cost prepaid phone and data plan that includes 2GB of data.

Boost Mobile


Boost Mobile consumers with unlimited data plans will receive 20GB of mobile hotspot data and those with capped data plans will receive an additional 20 GB of mobile data. These include individuals on family plans as well.

Cricket Wireless


Cricket Wireless will offer a low-cost phone and data plan with 2GB and unlimited talk and text. Also, customers with data plans will receive 10GB of data for mobile and hotspot use.

Metro by T-Mobile


Metro by T-Mobile is offering an additional free 20GB of mobile hotspot data for plans that include hotspot capability over the next two months. In addition, Metro customers will have unlimited smartphone data for 60 days.



Most consumer customers on metered data (not unlimited) will receive unlimited data for 60 days and will be provided 20GB of mobile hotspot data for plans that include hotspot capability.



T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days.



For Verizon consumers, they are providing 15GB of additional data for wireless customers.

Cox Communications


Through their Connect2Compete program, Cox is providing low-cost internet and free online support for families that have at least one K-12 student and participates in the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing.



If you live on Tribal lands and/or participate in certain Federal Programs, you may qualify for internet subsidies through a federal aid program called Lifeline. You can find a list of federal and tribal programs If you qualify, you may find a list of local providers, such as Century Link, on the website that participate in the program.

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