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Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know where I can find cheaper high-speed internet services for my home? I’m 70 years old and live strictly on Social Security and would like to find something faster and less expensive. —

Surfing Susan

Dear Susan: There are actually two new resources available today that can help you save money on home internet services, but what’s available will depend on your income level and where you live.

Depending on your financial situation, a good first step to reducing your home internet costs is through the new Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This is a temporary federal benefit that provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10 to $50 toward the purchase price.

To qualify, you’ll need to show that your annual household income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is $17,388 for one person or $23,517 for two, and if you’re receiving certain types of government benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, SSI, public housing assistance, veterans’ pension or survivors pension benefit.

Households that experienced a substantial loss of income since Feb. 29, 2020, due to job loss or furlough can also qualify as long as their household income for 2020 was at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers. To apply, go to GetEmergency, where you can apply online or print out an application and mail it in.

If you’re already receiving assistance through the federal Lifeline benefit (see Lifeline, which is a $9.25 monthly subsidy for phone or internet costs, you automatically qualify for the EBB program and can receive both benefits at the same time. You can apply your EBB and your Lifeline benefit to the same or separate services.

If your broadband provider already has a low-income or COVID-19 relief program, you may be able to qualify through this program as well. Talk to your broadband provider for more information.

If you’re not eligible for the EBB program, another resource for locating cheaper high-speed internet is Aging Connected, which has a higher income qualification.

Created by Older Adults Technology Services from AARP and the Humana Foundation, Aging Connected is a nationwide campaign created to help lower-income seniors find low-cost, in-home broadband options in their area.

Partnering with telecommunications companies, nonprofits and public entities, Aging Connected will help you search for services in your area that provide high-speed internet at a low cost. Most participating companies charge around $10 to $15 per month, with no contract and no equipment fee. Aging Connected also provides referrals to affordable desktop and laptop computers for under $160. To qualify, you’ll need to show that your annual household income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is $23,800 for one person or $32,200 for two, or if you’re receiving certain types of government benefits similar to the EBB program.

To search, go to and type in your ZIP code, name and email address, or call 877-745-1930.

If you find that you’re not eligible for either of the previously listed resources, you may still be able to save on your internet by shopping and comparing. The best way to do this is at websites like and Broad, both of which provide a list of internet providers in your area, along with pricing and download speeds.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is the author of “The Savvy Senior” book.