Cost continues to be a major barrier to broadband adoption. There is not a magic number that a subscriber determines what is “affordable”, as that will mean different price points for everyone. Affordable broadband is the number one reason for lack of broadband adoption.
Successful interventions will need to address “ability to pay” rather than “willingness to pay”.
The following providers have programs that offer low-cost broadband:
Consolidated Communications, Inc. (CCI) offers a Lifeline Program for eligible low income residential subscribers at their primary residence. The Lifeline Program is a government benefit program.
- Charter Communication’s Spectrum Internet Assist:
Charter Communications/Spectrum offers a low-cost internet option. One or more members of the household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs:
- National School Lunch Program
- Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program
- Supplemental Security Income for applicants 65 years old and older
The low-cost broadband option is available for eligible homes at $14.99 per month for a 30/4 Mbps connection. This includes a modem at no extra cost, and free self-install.
- Other providers:
Other local Maine providers that participate in Lifeline Support may offer discounted broadband. Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers.