Here are NYC resources for various free wifi options throughout the City, along with the CV19 specific offers being extended by the carriers to families.
- Library/Alliance Wifi: https://www.nycgo.com/plan-your-trip/basic-information/internet-access-in-nyc/
- LinkNYC Wifi: https://www.nycgo.com/articles/wifi-in-nyc
- Carrier Wifi: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/list-of-providers-offering-free-wifi.page
Altice (aka Optimum) offers a plan beginning $14.99/month plan called Altice Advantage
- Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or a New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or a veteran and receive state or federal public assistance.
Charter (aka Spectrum) offers a plan beginning at $14.99/month called Spectrum Internet Assist
- One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs:
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
- Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)
Verizon offers the Lifeline program, its Fios broadband internet service beginning at $19.99 per month for 200 Mpbs, plus taxes and equipment charges. This offer includes a year of free Disney+ and no router or rental fees for two months.
- Here Are The Ways You Can Qualify For Lifeline:
- Based on Your Income
- You can get the Lifeline discount if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines.
- Participation in a qualifying federal assistance program:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)