The most affordable home internet plans for remote learning

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Many internet service providers (ISPs) offer specially discounted plans for households receiving economic assistance from the government, such as the National Student Lunch Program (NSLP).
Many of these plans cost less than $20/month and include networking equipment.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also has a program to help defray the cost of internet service for low-income households.

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No matter who you are, picking out a home internet plan is tricky. You’ll be faced with the decision of what speeds you need on the plan, whether you need to rent a modem and router, how much data you think you might need, and (if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with multiple options) which internet service provider (ISP) to try getting your internet from.

That difficulty gets even harder when you’re working on a tight budget and have to ensure your internet will be robust enough for education, especially as many schools turn to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fortunately, there are actually many options available from ISPs to help low-income students get internet in their homes. In many cases, these low-cost internet plans will cost less than $20 a month, have no long-term contracts, and include free equipment while you’re subscribed. Availability of these plans will depend on your region, as not all ISPs offer service in every region, and on household incomes or eligibility for government assistance programs like Medicaid, Food Stamps, or commonly the National Student Lunch Program (NSLP). Many plans are also only available for new subscribers.

We’ll guide you through the variety of affordable internet plans for students in low-income households, so you can understand what each is offering and find one available for you.

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See below for the most affordable home internet plans. 
Cox Connect2Compete

Cox’s home internet is available in 19 states throughout the US,  and its Connect2Compete internet plan is among the more balanced offerings. 

For $9.95/month, you’ll be able to get an internet plan that includes speeds up to 25Mbps and includes a Wi-Fi modem. That should be plenty to handle the browsing needs of a student. This plan is available for families with a K-12 student who qualify for a variety of assistance programs, including NSLP, Head Start, WIC, and SNAP. Cox also has a special discount available through September 30 offering the first two months free. You can find out all the details from Cox here.

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Mediacom Connect2Compete

If you’re not in a state serviced by Cox, then try Mediacom. It’s available in 23 states and offers a Connect2Compete plan. 

Mediacom’s version of Connect2Compete is fairly similar to Cox’s plan with internet speeds up to 25Mbps on a $10/month plan. There are no setup or equipment fees, no contracts, and Mediacom includes a Wi-Fi modem as well. Eligibility is similar to the …read more

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