How to Get Cheap High Speed Internet Service

by Shawanda Greene

This blog post was begrudgingly written by Shawanda Greene – a cantankerous, Comcast customer who’s mad as heck she’s paying $67 a month for high speed internet service.

I know how to find $5 movie tickets, $13 prescription eyeglasses, and $2 a bottle wine. But when it comes to cheap internet service, I can’t nail down a long term strategy to lower my bill.

Periodically, I call my internet service provider to ask them to charge me the same discounted price afforded their precious, new customers.

Cheap Internet Service

Sometimes it works.

Sometimes it doesn’t.

But hey, why would a loyal, well paying customer expect fair treatment?

With that said, there are some people who’re eligible for $10, plus tax, high speed internet access.

In order to qualify, you have to:

1. Live in an area where Comcast provides internet service

2. Have at least one child enrolled in the Free School Lunch Program

3. Not have subscribed to Comcast internet service within the last 90 days

4. Not have stiffed Comcast on a previous bill or neglected to return equipment

That’s about it. To learn more about how the program works, check out Internet Essentials.

If Comcast internet service isn’t available in your area, then fret not. Through a joint effort with the FCC and Connect-to-Compete, other broadband companies are gearing up to provide cheap internet service at ten bucks a month for low income families starting in the spring of 2012.

Although I don’t condone the discriminatory practice of charging higher income earners more money for internet service, I can’t keep this news to myself. Just in case you or someone you know may benefit from it.

Supposedly, this doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. Assuming poor kids don’t spend all of their time online proudly weaving together unintelligible sentences on Facebook, the program just might help America become a more competitive force. So, I don’t hate it.

Remember to spread the word to those you think may qualify.

Matter of fact, go ahead and share this post with your Facebook friends and Twitter twiends letting them know this deeply discounted service is out there.

Image Credit: Steve Rhode

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Sustainable PF November 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Living in Canada we have so little choice and we pay so very much. Very frustrating!


Shawanda November 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM

We don't have much choice around here either. My options for high speed internet service aside from Comcast are pretty limited. My apartment is wired for Verizon FIOS, but that's more expensive than regular high speed internet. I'll stick with the devil I know for now.


@barbfriedberg November 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Shawanda, Don't get me started here….. I don't know how these companies get past the anti trust laws.


Shawanda November 21, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I think the $10 a month "high" speed internet for low income families was one of the ways Comcast gained approval to acquire NBC Universal. It's a shame really. What about the rest of us?!


@thefrugaltoad November 20, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I wrote about this as well Shawanda, I have always had a problem with the rate structure cable companies have and the fact that there is no competition. Thanks for sharing this!


Shawanda November 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Thank you for spreading the word.

I've managed to avoid buying cable for the last 5 years. But I'm still struggling to find a way to save on internet service. Without it, I'd barely be able to watch any television (or peaceably function in society).


Evan November 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM


Have you ever tried the fake quit? I will call up my cable company and just blatantly tell them Verizon's offer and tell them to match it or I am out. 98% it works on the first Customer rep, and then the remaining 2% of the time I'll get what I want when I move to the higher up retention managers.


Jen December 12, 2011 at 7:41 AM

It's odd. I have never received "help" from the government, in fact, I was a pretty high earner at one point. I quit working two years ago to help my ill husband. Then his mental illness got so out of control we had to divorce for the sake of our kids. Now, I am starting over again as a single mom and trying to find work. I am finding it may be more beneficial to get a $10 an hour job and qualify for programs like this than to strive for a better job! I am not saying that I am going to do that, but it's funny that in this country someone who makes $15k a year might be better off than someone making $30k! $25k – $35k is the worst income to make because you are ineligible for almost all government programs but are not really making enough for a family to live to an American standard of living in most areas. Just an observation…


mbmc January 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I amcurrently havinga horrible experiencewith this process! I have been a Comcast customerfor 7 years and experienced a lay off at the begining of the school year so my daughter got free lunches. I went back to work but applied since she will get free lunches for the year. We started getting low cost internet but I was late with the Janaury payment and was told a charge was to be credited to my account so I deducted it from the amount I sent and I got my first ever Nasty gram from Comast! I had, in 7 years even with a few late payments, never gotten a nastygram from them before and I am sure it was becasue I started with the low cost internet (I had used a different internet provider before them). The speed is so slow that we are switching,but I am also leaving Comcast. Horrible treatment.


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