Drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots in McLean County. This resource map is the result of a collaborative effort between the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois State Library.
Low Cost + Discounted Internet Plans
Internet Essentials $9.95/month, no credit check, no term contract, no cancellation fees, up to 50Mb/s.
Am I eligible for Internet Essentials?
You may qualify if you:
-Qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, Federal Pell Grant, and others
-Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available
-Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days
-Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 06/30/22
General Information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
-Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
-A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer
To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the EBB Program with a participating provider that offers connected devices (not all service providers offer device discounts). The service provider will provide the discount to the consumer.
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program Enrollment for COMCAST Users
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary Federal Government program designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current and new Internet customers with verified eligibility can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50 per month toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment once they complete the full enrollment process.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program Enrollment for METRONET Users
Eligible households will receive a credit of up to $50 off their broadband service, only one benefit is available per household. EBBP is a temporary program that expires when funds are exhausted, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares the end of the COVID 19 health emergency (whichever comes first). One member of the household must meet one of the following to participate:
• Qualify for the FCC’s Lifeline program (an initiative that provides discounts on telephone and broadband service), including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits.
• Approved for the free or reduced priced school breakfast/lunch program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
• Experienced substantial documented loss of income since February 29, 2020 with total household income below $99K for single filers and $198K for joint filers.
• Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year.