Low-Cost Internet and Device Options in Rhode Island


High-speed internet is a necessity for employment, education, day-to-day tasks, telemedicine visits and staying in touch with friends and family, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of low-cost internet, and device, options in Rhode Island that we hope can help you stay connected. RIHousing is providing these as a courtesy, but do not have any connections to these providers. For more information, please contact the providers directly.


Learn more
LOW-COST STUDENT INTERNET – Connect2Compete package

Benefit: $9.95/month Wi-Fi

LOW-COST INTERNET PLAN – ConnectAssist package

Benefit: $30/month Internet
When combined with the Affordability Connectivity Program (see below), internet is free.

  • Available to households who participate in an income based government assistance program, including: SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, federal public housing programs (including HCVP), SSI.


Learn more, check eligibility, and apply >


Verizon Lifeline Home Broadband Benefit

Learn more


  • $20/month discount on Verizon Fios service (no expiration date)

Please note this benefit may be used for a phone OR broadband, but not both.

    1. if your income is 135% of less than the federal poverty guidelines
    2. Participation in qualifying federal assistance program (SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, federal public housing assistance, etc.)Click here To see if you are eligible >
      Must verify identification via social security number, tribal ID number, or government ID such as a driver’s license, passport, taxpayer identification number, or other ID.


New subscribers: Click here to learn more >

Current subscribers: Call the Customer Sales and Service Team at 800-837-4966 for more information.

Click here for a paper application >
Haga clic aquí para obtener la solicitud en papel >

If you need support with LifeLine, call 1-800-234-9473
Reach Verizon Wireless at 1-800-837-4966

Affordable Connectivity Program

(formerly called the Emergency Broadband Benefit)

Learn more

Internet Benefit: $30/month towards any participating broadband service; households on tribal lands are eligible for up to $75/month (see below for providers)

Device Benefit: One time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet through a participating provider.

Program has no current expiration date.

Eligibility: Must meet one of the following criteria:


Click here to see if you are eligible for the ACP Program >

Internet service providers participating in this program available to Rhode Islanders*:

*For a complete list of providers participating, click here.

Affordable Connectivity Program Frequently Asked Questions >

PCs for People


Learn more

Internet Benefit: Purchase a mobile hotspot device for a one-time cost of $70 or $90 and pay $15/month for unlimited mobile internet service through Sprint LTE service.

Program is ongoing

Eligibility – Must meet one of the following criteria:


  • Proof of current enrollment in an income-based government assistance program (such as SNAP, TANF, Headstart, LIHEAP, Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program)

Device Benefit: PCs for People also sells refurbished desktop and laptop computers from approximately $150 and above, depending on availability.

Learn more about the programs >

Rhode Island Public Libraries

Learn more
  • Most libraries have free Wi-Fi inside and outside of the buildings
  • Most also provide computers for public use in the library.
  • Some libraries have hotspots that library patrons may borrow.
  • Libraries also offer digital literacy training
  • Please contact your local library to become a member and learn what services they provide

Learn more about Ocean State Libraries >

Information current as of 01/31/2022 – Please reach out to individual providers for the most up to date internet pricing and plans.