Families Internet Options

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Free Options

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.

Special Deals:

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 
      • Medicaid 
      • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
      • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) 
      • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit 
      • Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)