How to Get Access to the Internet for Low-Income Older Adults
Remember that Not Everyone has Access to the Internet – What can be done? All telecommunication companies are required to provide access to the internet via a program that subsidizes low-income families. These programs offer internet services at a rate of $9.95 per month. Families must demonstrate that they meet income requirements under the Lifeline Program.
To learn more about the Lifeline Program, click here. https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-discounted-communications-service-through-the-lifeline-program.
Addressing the Digital Divide in Massachusetts – Helping older adults access free wi-fi through local libraries (even when the library is closed!)
Libraries across Massachusetts are helping older adults and those in the community in need of an internet connection. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) developed a map of local libraries offering internet access via wi-fi signals outside of their buildings. While some libraries require a passcode or library card to gain access, many of the local libraries offer free guest wi-fi and the map notes and in some locations, where people can get the best signal. https://libraries.state.ma.us/wifi#