Discounts on telephone and internet – AgriNews


Have you heard of Lifeline? Launched many years ago to help low-income people with their phone bills, it has expanded to include home internet, offering a monthly discount of $9.25.

That $9.25 savings doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you’re like me these days, you’re converting every dollar saved into food. That $9.25, for example, could turn into a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk, or even a pound of ground beef, a package of hamburger buns, and most of a can of beans.

You will need to qualify for Lifeline. One way to do this is for you or a member of your household to receive benefits from Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Needy Family Assistance, Veterans’ Pensions, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Medicaid and others, or having verifiable low income. You will need papers to prove it.

You can register in several ways, such as by mail or online at Scroll through the information on this page.

Call 800-234-9473 for more information or to request that an application be mailed to you.

But there is more.

Plus, if you qualify for Lifeline, you’re likely also eligible for even bigger help: the Affordable Connectivity Program. ACP is new and can offer you a monthly discount of $30 on your Internet.

Once you are in the Lifeline program, call your ISP and sign up for CPA with them. There is no need to complete another application.

Hundreds of ISPs are part of the program, including big names like Xfinity, AT&T, and Spectrum. In some cases, that $30 gets you internet access without you having to pay anything extra.

In other words, free internet. Get the details from your internet service provider.

For a list of providers by state, go to Get more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program at


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