Internet for Veterans and Military Families

02 Feb 2022

Internet for Veterans and Military Families

Internet for Veterans and Military Families


A new federal program, The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, offers discounted internet service and modest discounts on computers to qualifying applicants including active duty military, veterans, and surviving family members.


Suddenlink and Optimum both offer the Altice Advantage program for veterans receiving public assistance. Verizon and AT&T's military internet plans are also available for veterans.


Xfinity military special offers: 


Xfinity is one of several companies that offers military discounts on high-speed internet service through monthly or prepaid plans.


Although Xfinity, like many providers, has early termination fees if you try to end a contract, military deployment is one of the few situations when these fees can be waived. If you’re being redeployed and are still under a contract with Xfinity, make sure you contact customer support to make sure they know you’re moving specifically for military deployment.

Some other Xfinity plans that don’t target veterans could also help you out. Comcast Internet Essentials can provide discounts for veterans and their families who also qualify for certain forms of government assistance.


Government programs for internet discounts

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. ... Up to $30/month discount on your internet service.

The ACP went into effect on December 31, 2021. Following that is a 60-day transition period when those who qualified for the EBB program can continue to receive those benefits.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The EBB program concluded December 31, 2021, but those enrolled at that time will receive a 60-day transition period where they can continue to receive those benefits.


Plans for frequent movers

Moving is a fact of military life. There are enough logistical problems to deal with when moving across the country, and the last thing you need is to worry about is trying to cancel one internet plan while setting up another or getting locked into a contract that has early termination fees. Here are some tips to help you deal with your internet plan when moving from place to place.

Pick a provider that you can take with you

Many providers will allow you to transfer your service to your new address without having to make any changes to your billing or interruptions to your service. This is by far the easiest option when moving—but it works only if your provider has coverage in your new area. This rules out most small, regional ISPs. Providers like Xfinity and AT&T, however, are available in many areas nationwide, and both have programs to help you transfer your service to another location.

Choose a no-contract internet plan

If you’re not sure how long you’re going to be in one location or where you might be moving next, you probably want to avoid internet contracts altogether.

No-contract internet plans are typically a bit more expensive than those with a one- or two-year contract, but you pay on a month-to-month basis. That means that whenever

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