Cheap Internet

“Cheap internet” might seem like an oxymoron. Internet service can be expensive, especially when your home wants high-speed capabilities. It helps to know where to look, and know how much speed your family really needs. This page summarizes some inexpensive internet options for people looking to slice their monthly internet bill.

Table of Contents

  • Great Cheap Internet Plans
  • Save Money With Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Internet Technology Options
  • Hidden Internet Provider Fees
  • Cheapest Internet Plans by Provider
  • FAQ

Summary

It is crucial for households to have internet in the modern age. However, expensive prices and unexpected charges can make this less feasible for many families. This page summarizes some inexpensive internet options for people looking to cut their bill or find a provider that better suits their needs.

Great Cheap Internet Plans

Any of the following plans can only be available depending on where you live and which providers can serve your address. Some of the great deals we list on this page are therefore only available to certain geographic locations. But all in all, cheap internet can be found anywhere if you know where to look. With National Broadband, high-speed internet can be found at a great price depending on what you need.

Providers and Their Cheapest Internet Offers

  • AT&T Up to 300 Mbps in Fiber for $55.00/mo.
  • Windstream Up to 50 Mbps for $29.99/mo.
  • Optimum Up to 300 Mbps for $40.00/mo.
  • CenturyLink Up to 100 Mbps for $50.00/mo.
  • Spectrum Up to 300 Mbps for $49.99/mo.
  • Frontier Up to 500 Mbps in Fiber for $49.99/mo.
  • Viasat Up to 50 Mbps for $69.99/mo.
Cheap Internet with the  Emergency Broadband Benefit

Save Money With Affordable Connectivity Program Discounts

Effective March 1, 2022, the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program is being replaced by the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

You could save $30 per month on internet if you qualify for the ACP. Broadband customers on tribal lands will receive $75 per month. Internet access is essential to most households in America for work, school, medical access and more. However, if it’s been difficult to find affordable internet options, the ACP may be an option for you. This program was created to assist families and households in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it provides citizens with a monthly stipend for internet services. You may be eligible if you or anyone in your home is enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • SNAP/Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Federal Pell Grant (during current award year)
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch/Breakfast Program
  • Veteran’s Pension
  • Survivor’s Benefit
  • Other Federal Assistance Programs

You may also qualify for ACP stipends if your household’s total income is at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. You can also visit our informational page about the ACP to learn more about how you and your household can enjoy affordable internet access when you need it the most.

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Internet Technology Options

Internet options vary on location availability, speeds, and connection. We have listed some common internet options to help you decide which internet option is best for you.

DSL

Cheapest Internet Option
Your best bet for cheap high-speed internet is going to be DSL to the low cost for technology production and installation. Though DSL is a wire connection like dial-up, it is specially design for broadband transmission which makes it faster than dial-up.

Satellite

Most Expensive Internet Option
Satellite is wireless, making it more available everywhere. Satellite internet has bandwidth comparable to DSL and cable but can often feel slower due to latency. The most expensive plans generally involve satellite service due to the cost of installation and interference with radio waves and delays that come with the technology.

Fiber

Best Overall Internet Option
Fiber is usually the best technology to aim for, but it is not available everywhere and is also not always the most affordable. Luckily, many providers offer bargains on their lower-tier fiber options.

Hidden Fees with Each Provider

The sneakiest part about “cheap” deals are the hidden fees. Although it can feel a bit underhanded, reducing the monthly cost by breaking it up into other required fees is not against the rules. That’s why we want to be transparent about the fees issued by our providers.

Hidden Fees
ProviderEquipment Rental fee Data Overage FeeLate Payment FeeCancellation FeeSetup and Installation Fee Self-Install Option
AT&T$10/mo. but is included in priceNoneUp to $9.25 per transactionUp to $180 (prorated by $15 per remaining month)Up to $99Free with a $35 activation fee if you order a self-install kit
Spectrum$5/mo. (for in-home Wi-Fi)NoneUp to $8.95None$99 to $49.99Self-installation kit and activation are $19.99
Windstream$9.99/mo. None% of billNoneUp to $35Free of charge
OptimumNoneNone$10 per billNone$99 (standard) or $129 (Premium)Free of charge
CenturyLinkUp to $15/mo. None, unless your service is located in Yakima, WA; if applicable, up to $50 per monthDepends on service and location; ranges from flat $5 fee to a percentage of your past due bill (or a combination of both)Up to $200 (for a 24-month contract) or $300 (for a 36-month contract)Up to $99Included with a self-install kit
Viasat$12.99/mo. No fee, but your speeds will dropDepends on your account; can be $5 or more$15 for each remaining month in contract $99.99Not available
Frontier$10/mo. NoneUp to $10 or 1.5% of bill$9.99 disconnect fee; Up to $400 depending on when you cancelUp to $85Included with a self-install kit

Cheapest Internet Plans by Provider

When we suggest certain deals, we have a reason or two for recommending it. We base our advice on the prices, of course, but we also consider the quality of the internet technology and the speed. All of these aspects are important, because sometimes cheap doesn’t necessarily mean best quality. You don’t want to find a “bargain” on internet that is so terrible that you are forced to sacrifice your sanity to keep it. Here, we list some cost-effective options for internet along with each plan’s speeds and quality traits.

Cheapest Plans
Provider PlanMax SpeedPriceContractBest for
Frontier FiberFrontier Fiber 500 Mbps500 Mbps $49.99/mo. NoneGreat prices for fiber plans
WindstreamKinetic Internet 5050 Mbps $29.99/mo. NoneStandalone affordable internet
OptimumOptimum 300 Internet300 Mbps $40.00/mo. NoneAffordable and fast cable internet
CenturyLinkCenturyLink Simply Unlimited Internet100 Mbps $50.00/mo. NonePrice for Life
AT&TAT&T INTERNET 300300 Mbps $55.00/mo. NoneInexpensive promotional fiber pricing
SpectrumSpectrum Internet300 Mbps $49.99/mo. NoneContract Buyout
CoxEssential 10050 Mbps$49.99/mo.1 yearHD streaming and more

Frequently asked questions

How can I get free internet at home without paying?

Although it is technically possible to find "free" internet for your home, it can be extremely unreliable. If you are trying to scrape together enough bandwidth from nearby Wi-Fi locations, you might just as easily lose your connection if they change anything on their end. Not only does that spell impending disaster for you if you're doing something important on your end, but it can be unsafe for you. When you join your personal devices to a network, you must be sure that it is trustworthy because your device becomes "discoverable" on that network. Additionally, you could be using up bandwidth that the owner of that Wi-Fi needed. You may be able to use your phone or tablet as a hot spot for Wi-Fi in the home without paying for internet, but that generally puts a strain on your mobile plan and is therefore only a temporary solution.

How much is the cheapest broadband?

The cheapest broadband we have narrowed down from our providers is from AT&T for $55.00, from Spectrum for $49.99. Remember to check for availability in your area—not all providers reach every location.

Who has the cheapest internet?

Based on our information you can find fiber internet from AT&T for $55.00 or non-fiber internet from Spectrum for $49.99, or Suddenlink for . Not all providers reach every location, so be sure to check for availability in your area.

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