Get Connected: Affordable Internet Service Providers

As students return for virtual learning in AugustIDEA aims to leverage 1 to 1 computer access to help build a competitive edge for students to be successful in college, career, and a technology-centered world. 

IDEA’s 1:1 Program provides each student with a school-issued device for use throughout the school year, thereby creating new opportunities for students to learn. This allows students to extend the learning day and boost the home-to-school connection, giving families more real-time feedback on their student’s learning. This program is part of our commitment to supporting students with the highest quality education on the path to and through college.  

The 1:1 Program will provide each student with direct access to teachers, peers, and daily classwork and homework and teachers will connect with students individually to support their learning. IDEA’s culture of high expectations will help to keep all students on track regardless of where the learning itself is taking place. `   

IDEA is committed to ensuring each of our scholars have the tools and resources needed to be successful this school year. If you are searching for affordable connectivity options, the following Internet service providers offer special rates for qualifying families. Please contact one of the providers below to see if you qualify for reduced rates and learn more. 


Service Provider Program States/Regions Monthly Cost Requirements How to sign up
AT&T AT&T Access Texas & Louisiana


  • Household participates in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • NSLP/FARM award letter and proof of enrollment

Note: eligibility requirements extended due COVID-19 cirsis, check website for adjusted income limits.

Online application form
Spectrum Spectrum Internet Assist Texas

  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • RGV
  • San Antonio
  • Tarrant County
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
  • Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)
Program website and form
Comcast Xfinity Xfinity Internet Essentials Houston, TX $9.95/mo
  • Eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
  • Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available.
  • Are not an existing Xfinity Internet customer and have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.
  • Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old. Families with outstanding debt that’s more than one year old may still be eligible
Online application form
Cox Connect2Compete Southern Louisiana $9.95/mo Participate in one or more of the following government subsidy programs:

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Public Housing
  • Have not subscribed to Cox Internet service within the last 90 days

Have no outstanding debt or unreturned equipment with Cox (Families can pay off their bill or return equipment then sign up)

Program web page
Suddenlink (Altice) Altice Advantage Internet Midland, TX

Pflugerville, TX

$14.95/mo Not specified Online application form
CenturyLink CenturyLink Internet Basics Austin, TX

Forth Worth, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Health Benefits Coverage under Child Health Plan (CHIP)
  • Chapter 62
  • Total household income at or below 150% of the Federal
  • Poverty Guidelines
Program description PDF


PDF Application Form

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