High-Speed Internet Deals and Discounts

There’s nothing quite like spending all your money on a move, only to realize that you then have to spend even more to set up internet service in your new place. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to find internet deals, promotions, and specials that will get you connected to Wi-Fi while taking the weight off your wallet.

Before shopping for Wi-Fi deals, see what type of service you can get in your area. Providers, prices, and speeds vary by region, so use HighSpeedInternet.com’s zip check tool to get a complete listing of what’s available. From there, you can figure out the best internet deals in your area.

Promotional rewards cards

Major internet providers like AT&T and Xfinity seem to have a never-ending supply of prepaid rewards cards ready to hand out to new customers at no cost as a bonus when they sign up for internet service. The cards work as prepaid credit cards and give you $100 to $150 and help offset the cost of expenses for installation and modem rental, which comes as part of your bill.

These offers are usually available for just a short time—but don’t worry, because another gift card offer could soon pop up in its place.

Data as of 9/16/2020.

Get money

CAN’T AFFORD WI-FI BECAUSE OF COVID-19?

CAN’T AFFORD WI-FI BECAUSE OF COVID-19?

Some broadband providers have given financial breaks to customers due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. See HighSpeedInternet.com’s guide to free internet for ideas on how to get Wi-Fi at no cost (or for a highly reduced price).

Family and low-income subsidies

Everyone needs internet—it’s like running water or electricity at this point. National internet providers recognize the nationwide demand for Wi-Fi, and they have programs in place to help families with schoolkids and qualifying low-income households access internet service at a vastly reduced price.1

The plans listed below—as reported in HighSpeedInternet.com’s guide to subsidized internet—are for qualifying customers who meet the eligibility requirements of government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the National Free Lunch Program (NFLP).

Programs for low-income internet

ProviderProgramEligibility requirementsPriceMore info
AT&TAccess program (speeds up to 10 Mbps)1 or more person in household signed up for SNAP$5.00–$10.00/mo.Learn more
XfinityInternet Essentials plan (speeds up to 25 Mbps) New customers eligible for gov’t assistance$9.95/mo.Learn more
MediacomInternet thru Connect2Compete program (speeds up to 25 Mbps)Families with at least one K–12 student who qualifies for NFLP$9.95/mo. Learn more
Altice Optimum and SuddenlinkAltice Advantage Internet (speeds up to 30 Mbps)Families, seniors, and veterans who qualify for government assistance$14.99/mo.Learn more
SpectrumInternet Assist (speeds up to 30 Mbps)New customers with a family member receiving public assistance$14.99/mo.Learn more
CoxInternet thru Connect2Compete program (speeds up to 50 Mbps)Families with at least one K–12 student who qualifies for public assistance$9.95/mo. Learn more
Federal Communications CommissionLifeline supportHouseholds with income lower than 135% of federal poverty guideline or at least one member receiving public assistance$9.95 off monthly internet or phone bill (available thru participating internet providers)Learn more
Federal Communications CommissionAdditional Lifeline support for Tribal landsQualifying low-income households in federally recognized Tribal lands$34.95 off monthly billLearn more
Provider
AT&T
Xfinity
Mediacom
Altice Optimum and Suddenlink
Spectrum
Cox
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Program Eligibility requirements Price More info
Access program (speeds up to 10 Mbps) 1 or more person in household signed up for SNAP $5.00–$10.00/mo. Learn more
Internet Essentials plan (speeds up to 25 Mbps) New customers eligible for gov’t assistance $9.95/mo. Learn more
Internet thru Connect2Compete program (speeds up to 25 Mbps) Families with at least one K–12 student who qualifies for NFLP $9.95/mo. Learn more
Altice Advantage Internet (speeds up to 30 Mbps) Families, seniors, and veterans who qualify for government assistance $14.99/mo. Learn more
Internet Assist (speeds up to 30 Mbps) New customers with a family member receiving public assistance $14.99/mo. Learn more
Internet thru Connect2Compete program (speeds up to 50 Mbps) Families with at least one K–12 student who qualifies for public assistance $9.95/mo. Learn more
Lifeline support Households with income lower than 135% of federal poverty guideline or at least one member receiving public assistance $9.95 off monthly internet or phone bill (available thru participating internet providers) Learn more
Additional Lifeline support for Tribal lands Qualifying low-income households in federally recognized Tribal lands $34.95 off monthly bill Learn more

Data as of 9/16/2020.

Blue Chat Boxes

FIND SUBSIDIZED WI-FI IN YOUR AREA

FIND SUBSIDIZED WI-FI IN YOUR AREA

One easy way to find specials and programs for low-cost internet is to use the zip code search tool from EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit that partners with numerous internet providers on the Connect2Compete program.

Simply type in your zip code and the tool will give you a readout of different low-cost programs available in your area. It also has links to find low-cost computers.

Bundle packages

Bundling your internet service with cable TV, a landline phone, or a mobile phone line is an excellent way to get a lower price on your Wi-Fi. Cable internet companies and DSL/fiber internet providers both have offers on qualifying bundle bargains.

Data as of 9/16/2020.

Free installation

Professional internet installation can cost a pretty penny—usually $50 to $100. But some internet providers are willing to waive installation costs to encourage you to sign up as a new customer. When you’re shopping ’round, see if the internet provider can hook you up with free installation through an internet promotion or Wi-Fi deal. This is something that’s always a good idea to ask your sales rep about.

Data as of 9/16/2020.

Streaming deals

Streaming services have been proliferating with each passing year,2 and some broadband providers are eager to catch up by giving you a subscription to a streaming service at no extra cost when you sign up for certain plans. This is a great internet special if you’re already subscribed to several platforms and want to save money by getting one for free.

Data as of 9/16/2020.

Price tag

STAY UP ON INTERNET SPECIALS

STAY UP ON INTERNET SPECIALS

See HighSpeedInternet.com’s best internet deals to get the latest on home Wi-Fi specials and promotions in your area. It’s updated every month—whoomp, there it is!

Other ways to save on internet

Aside from seeking out internet offers and deals, there are other ways to save. Here’s a list of some tips to get the best home internet broadband deal possible.

1. Haggle with customer service

As you’re shopping around for internet service, make a note of the different pricings and packages available from internet providers in your area. When you find a plan you like, get on the phone with customer service to discuss options for promotions, specials, and price-matching. Be firm but polite and feel free to try again later if you can’t rustle up something nice.

2. Lower your internet speed

Don’t feel pressured to get the fastest internet on Earth—depending on your needs, you can usually pay less and still get solid performance. Use HighSpeedInternet.com’s How Much Speed Do I Need? Tool to get an idea of how much speed you’ll need on your plan based on the size of your household and types of activities you normally do online.

3. Get a plan with unlimited data

Some internet providers set a limit to the amount of data you can use per month. But since the spread of the new coronavirus, a lot of providers have been offering more data to help customers as an outgrowth of the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge.3

Ultimately, the best data deal is unlimited data—Spectrum, RCN, Frontier, and some other providers don’t impose any data caps and won’t charge you if you go over. Other providers like AT&T and Xfinity do have data caps, but they’re generous in size so you likely won’t need to worry unless you’re an internet superuser who downloads enormous files regularly and loves to stream video in 4K.

4. Buy your own modem and router

The modem and router keep your internet connection steady and allow you to access a Wi-Fi signal on multiple mobile devices. You can rent this hardware from your internet provider, or you can save some money long-term by buying your own. So long as your modem is approved to work with your internet provider, you’ll be good as gravy.

Getting your own equipment also lets you be more selective—for example, if you need a long-range router for a big house or a router with efficient performance for streaming.

FAQ about high-speed internet deals and discounts

Who has the cheapest internet right now?

Xfinity and Mediacom both offer the cheapest internet plans, giving you download speeds of 25–60 Mbps for around $20 a month (plus the cost for installation, equipment, taxes, and other fees).

If you have a family with K–12 or college students or if you qualify for government assistance, you can also seek out low-cost subsidized internet programs from providers like Xfinity, Spectrum, Optimum, Suddenlink, or Mediacom. Get more details in the family and low-income subsidies section farther up on this page.

What is the best deal for home internet?

AT&T delivers the best deal for home internet with its Internet 1000 plan. It costs $49.99 per month for the first 12 months and gives you up to 940 Mbps speeds on a fiber network—an unbeatable bargain if there ever was one.

AT&T may not be available in your area, but there are still other deals to be had. Run a search with your zip code to find out what you can get:

Recommended resources

Sources

1. HighSpeedInternet.com, “Are There Programs Available to Help Make Internet Service More Affordable?,” July 2, 2020. Accessed Aug. 31, 2020

2. CNET, “Every US Streaming Service, Ranked,” May 13, 2020. Accessed Sept. 1, 2020

3. Federal Communications Commission, “Keep Americans Connected Pledge,” July 8, 2020. Accessed Sept. 1, 2020.

About Peter Holslin

Peter Holslin
Peter Holslin has spent more than a decade writing for Rolling Stone, VICE, BuzzFeed, and countless other publications. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and journalism from New York City’s The New School University in 2008. Since then, he has roved from city to city and lived overseas, mastering his craft as an editor, staff writer, and freelancer while also acquiring ninja-like skills to address feeble Wi-Fi speeds and other internet challenges.