Library computers and Wi-Fi are helpful, but how can I get affordable internet or a computer at home?

Explore lower-cost options for internet access and computers.

The federal Affordable Connectivity Program ended on April 30, 2024. Find out more about your options if you were enrolled.

Internet Service Provider programs

Several internet access companies offer lower-cost services for customers who qualify. Check with your current provider to see what they may offer. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) provides a list of low-cost and free internet service provider options.


What does Lifeline provide?

Lifeline provides the following:

  • Up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers OR up to $34.25 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands

Lifeline is an ongoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wired or wireless providers.

Who is eligible?

A household is eligible if it meets one of the criteria below:

  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, FPHA, or the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • A dependent/child participates in one of the above assistance programs
  • Income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Lives on Tribal lands and a household member meets the above or participates in Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

How do I get started?

Start at the Lifeline Support website or call 800-234-9473.

Fact sheet

Printable fact sheet

Organizations offering lower-cost or free computers

PCs for People

Online Store  
Open to all residents of the U.S. Certain Microsoft and Internet products are only available to individuals meeting their eligibility requirements. Eligibility is validated at product checkout, if needed.

Free Geek

Online store 
No eligibility requirements. Pickup in Portland or pay for shipping.

Computers for K-12 students 
This program is available only to K-12 students in the Portland metro area. This includes public school, private school, and homeschool students. Students who are currently houseless and/or experiencing unstable housing situations, students who are low-income, and students with accessibility needs are prioritized.


Online Store 
No eligibility requirement. Pay for shipping.

Computers for Kids

K-12 student application 
Open to WA, OR, ID, and UT residents. No income requirement. Each child in a household may receive a computer. Application requires a one-page essay describing why you want a computer and what educational use it will serve. 

College student application 
Must provide a copy of student ID.