Do You Qualify for Free or Low Cost Broadband Services?


Do you qualify for free or low-coast broadband access? Many Californians do and simply don’t know about this program. 

The FCC’s website lays out a number of ways to qualify based on your income or COVID-19-related hardship:

  • Your household income is no more than 135% of the federal poverty level. In California and most other states, that translates to about $17,400 per year for a single individual or $35,800 for a family of four.
  • You or a dependent are enrolled in at least one of the major federal safety net programs, including food stamps, Medi-Cal or tribal assistance.
  • You earned as much as $99,000 as an individual or $198,000 as a couple, but your household lost substantial income during the pandemic because of a layoff or furlough.
  • A member of your household received a federal Pell Grant for college in the current award year or qualified for reduced-price school lunches in the current or two previous school years.
  • Your household is eligible for an internet service provider’s discounted broadband service.

Find out more and apply here.