Free broadband in Southern California

The federal government launched the Affordable Connectivity Program at the end of 2021 to provide $30-per-month subsidies for households with incomes at twice the federal poverty level or lower.

The White House revealed that 20 broadband providers across the country, including five of the largest cable TV and telephone companies, had agreed to provide “sufficiently high-speed” connections at no more than $30 a month to qualifying homes.

Eight of those 20 broadband providers serve communities in Southern California are AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, Mediacom, Spectrum, Starry and Verizon.

As part of the agreement, the White House said, Spectrum — which serves much of L.A. County doubled the bandwidth of its $30-per-month offering from 50 to 100 megabits per second for qualified households. And Verizon cut the price of its 200 Mbps wired offering from $40 to $30 per month.

Am I Eligible for the program?

  •  The income cutoff is 200% of the federal poverty level, which is higher for larger households. For a single individual, the threshold is $27,180 per year. For a family of four, it’s $55,500.
  • To see whether you qualify or to submit an application, you can visit the White House’s “Get Internet” web page.

How to apply

  • Click here for information on how to apply.
  • A mail-in application is available on the Get Internet site as well;
  • If you have questions about how to apply but don’t have internet access, you can call the program’s help center toll-free: (877) 384-2575.