It feels like the cost of internet service just keeps going up.
The average American pays about $61 a month for internet service, but that figure can be much higher depending on where you live and your connection speed.
Internet and cable TV companies are notorious for offering generous introductory promotions only to jack up your bill with hidden fees and other costs over time.
A lack of competition also drives prices higher. The advocacy arm of Consumer Reports has even launched an initiative called Broadband Together to collect data on how much people are really paying for internet access — because the big internet companies don’t tell us.
Trying to save money? Here are seven tips to help lower your internet bill.
1. Federal Government Subsidies
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a $30 discount on home internet service to those who qualify.
If your family is enrolled in certain federal assistance programs — or you meet income criteria — you might qualify for subsidized, low-cost internet.
You could qualify for a ACP voucher if anyone in your household is enrolled in:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program
- Federal Pell Grant (received in the current award year)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Certain tribal assistance programs
You can also qualify for the program if your income is 200% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines ($36,620 for a family of two).
This can be beneficial for retirees who may have low incomes because they’re no longer working, but who don’t qualify for any of the federal assistance programs listed above.
You can fill out this application on GetInternet.gov to see if you qualify for $30 off your internet bill through the Affordable…