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Verizon Fios home internet can be free for low-income households

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What you need to know

  • Verizon Fios Forward is offering discounts to ACP qualified households with 300Mbps service for free. The 500Mbps and gigabit services are available at a discount.
  • The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program aims to keep households connected with high-speed home internet that may not have been otherwise unable to afford it.
  • Verizon's Fios Forward service has no extra taxes or fees, requires no autopay, and includes equipment at no extra cost.

Like many other internet service providers, Verizon has announced (opens in new tab) that it is offering deep discounts for households that qualify for ACP, the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program. This program aims to help low-income households pay for broadband service and internet-connected devices. With Verizon's Fios Forward and ACP, its 300Mbps plan can be free for qualified customers.

To see if you qualify for ACP, visit acpbenefit.org (opens in new tab). Discounts start at $30 per month, with additional discounts for those living on tribal land.

Verizon is showing a $40 discount on its plans with its 300Mbps coming in at free, the 500Mbps plan costing just $24.99 per month, and the gigabit plan costing $49.99 per month. Each plan also gets some perks, such as six months of Disney+ on the cheapest plan.

Verizon Fios Forward with ACP plans

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With Fios Forward, Verizon doesn't charge any additional taxes or fees. Service also comes with a gateway, so you're connected with Wi-Fi for no additional charge. Finally, no autopay is required to get these discounts, and if you sign up online, the $99 installation fee will be waived. Finally, if you've signed up with one of the best Verizon Wireless unlimited plans, you can get a $10 per month discount on your bill.

Verizon Fios has limited availability across a handful of major cities, but you still have some options if you want to get signed up with these discounts through Verizon. ACP discounts are available with Verizon 5G Home, LTE Home, HSI/DSL, mobile prepaid, and postpaid unlimited and metered plans. Fios offers the highest and most consistent speeds of all of these, so if it's available or you've been thinking about upgrading, this is a good time to do so.

It's also worth noting that many other major ISPs like T-Mobile Home Internet, AT&T, Xfinity, and more are participating in these discounts. So if Verizon isn't available in your area, it's still worth giving your ISP a call or checking for other options in your area.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.