Federal subsidies for internet service and devices
The Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program to help households struggling to pay for the internet they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. Households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers. Public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher recipients are eligible to apply. View all the eligibility options.
The City of Seattle’s Information Technology department has identified internet service providers that offer discounts for low-income households in Seattle. These companies offer low-cost internet for around $10 a month. Consider each service carefully, and take advantage of one of these options if you don’t already have access to the internet. You can also find out about discounted cable TV.
The City of Seattle has information about discounts available for various devices, including including computers and smart phones.
InterConnection.org offers affordable computers and internet to low-income individuals online and at their retail store.
RePC is a computer retail recycler which sells new and used computers and components online and at their retail stores.
Free access to computers and the internet
The City of Seattle has a list of locations that offer free access to computers and the internet.
Free technology help and classes
The Seattle Public Library offers free technology classes. Learn how to get started on the internet, computers and other devices.
Comcast Internet Essentials Learning Center provides free online tutorials on how to connect to and navigate the internet.
Senior Planet publishes Technology Articles to help with using smartphones, shopping online, and staying digitally organized. They also offer Tech Tips Video Tutorials.
Technology training for people with disabilities and seniors is provided by Full Life Care at two SHA locations.
SHA offers digital navigation services to help SHA residents build digital skills and gain access to critical online services.