How to Get Affordable Internet

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Whether for work, school, healthcare, communicating with loved ones, or making purchases, many of us use the Internet daily, if not several times per day. It's an essential service-but it can be difficult to maintain a reliable Internet connection while on a budget. How much Internet service costs may vary depending on your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and chosen plan, but most households can expect to pay between $50 and $100 per month. The good news is, if you're on a tight budget, you have options to lower your monthly bill. Here, we'll introduce you to Optimum's affordable Internet options and explain how they work. 

How to Get Affordable Internet at Home

First things first: Internet doesn't have to be expensive. Optimum has several affordable home Internet options designed to fit comfortably within a budget. The most affordable plan available to all is the Optimum 300 Mbps, which offers fast speeds, 24/7 support, and 99.9% reliability.* Plus, all of the necessary equipment is included at no additional cost to you. 

Outside of choosing this plan, there are even more ways you may be able to lower your bill, which we’ll detail below. 

Take Advantage of This Federal Program 

Optimum is a proud participant in the Federal Government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This program helps eligible customers pay for Internet service with a credit of up to $30 per month (up to $75 per month for households on Tribal Lands). It helps ensure U.S. households can afford the connections they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.

You may qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program if you or someone in your household meets one of the following criteria, which are based on Federal Government rules:

  • Receives SNAP/food stamps, Medicaid or is eligible to participate in another one of the FCC’s Lifeline qualifying programs
  • Gross annual household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Receives free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Enrolled in a school that offers free school breakfast and lunch to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Note: most New York City public schools apply!
  • Federal Pell Grant recipient in the current award year
  • Receives Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefit

If you are eligible for the ACP and apply your credit to Optimum Internet, your selected plan may be heavily discounted or even free. You can also apply your ACP credit to Optimum Mobile service to reduce mobile Internet costs. Learn more about the ACP with Optimum Mobile here

However, please remember each household can only receive one affordable connectivity benefit. The benefit cannot be transferred to another individual or household, even if they qualify. For more information or to verify your eligibility, visit

How Long Will ACP Be Available For?

ACP does not have indefinite funding. The FCC projects the ACP will run out of its currently available funds by sometime in 2024. Once it runs out, People with ACP discounts will be charged the "regular, undiscounted rate" for their Internet service.

Get Optimum Advantage Internet 

Optimum Advantage Internet is a budget-friendly service offering fast, reliable Internet for qualifying households. 

You may be eligible if your household meets any one of the following criteria:

  • Your household qualifies for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • You are a New York City resident attending a New York City public school
  • You are 65 years or older and are eligible for or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
  • You are a Veteran and receive state or federal public assistance

For those who qualify and sign up, you'll get Internet with speeds of up to 50 Mbps-with no data caps. Plus, you'll also get free installation and a free WiFi router. The service is just $14.99 per month, and you can cancel anytime. If you meet any of the above criteria, apply for Optimum Advantage Internet here.

How Can I Get Low-Cost Internet as a Senior?

For senior citizens living on a fixed income, affordability is an important consideration when choosing an Internet plan. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways you may be able to save. Both the Affordable Connectivity Program and Optimum Advantage Internet may be an option if you qualify. You can find the qualifying criteria for each above. 

More Ways to Save on Your Home Internet Bill

If you're not eligible for the above low-cost Internet programs, but still want to save where you can, consider bundling services. With Optimum Complete, you can bundle your 300 Mbps Fiber Internet with 1GB of Optimum mobile and pay as little as $45 per month. Need unlimited data for your cell phone? Opt for the 500 Mbps Internet and Unlimited mobile plan, which offers fast Internet, a whole-home WiFi connection, plus unlimited talk, text, and 20GB of premium data. It's $75 per month and can save you money when compared to paying for separate phone and Internet plans. 

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