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Senior? You Might Be Eligible For Cable Discounts

One of the perks of growing old, aside from accumulated wisdom, are senior discounts.

Whether it’s car rentals, tickets to tourist attractions, hotel stays, or other services, there seems to be a senior discount for everything—and yes, that includes cable!

While most cable companies will work with seniors to determine a cable package within their price range, a select few offer specific senior options. Here are the details:

Spectrum (Charter)
Spectrum invites senior customers to call them and see if Spectrum’s senior discounts apply to them; these varying options can include one month of free cable for every 12 months if you register as a senior.

Even better- if you are a senior resident of the state of California, you qualify for a LifeLine phone credit which will help defray bundled phone and cable costs.

If you are on public assistance, you might also qualify for Spectrum’s Internet Assist program, which offers high speed internet at a steep discount.

Xfinity (Comcast)
On a fixed income and located in a major metro area? You might be eligible for Internet Essentials through Xfinity/Comcast.

This program offers seniors a low-cost monthly internet connection, as well as the opportunity to buy a laptop or desktop for only $149.99

To be eligible, you need to be 62 years of age or older and qualified for public assistance.
Like Spectrum, you can also call Comcast directly to see if you can get a senior discount—if you’re already a customer, ask for a retention or loyalty specialist!

Optimum by Altice USA

Optimum by Altice USA offers a 10% monthly discount on basic cable for seniors who qualify. To qualify, you must:
  • Be 62 or older.
  • If single, make $24,432 or less a year, and if married, make $29,956 or less a year.
Like Spectrum, Optimum also offers a cheap internet option for qualifying seniors—It’s $14.99 a month!

Cox
Cox offers no specific senior citizen discounts, but they do offer basic channels from $25.00 a month, and seniors with a grandchild in their home attending K-12, who are on some form of government assistance, qualify for Cox’s Connect2Complete program, which offers internet services at $9.95 a month.

Suddenlink
Suddenlink has one of the most generous senior programs out there. If you’re over 65 and receive SSI—and have not been an Optimum or Suddenlink subscriber in the past 60 days, you qualify for internet at just $14.99 a month. Standard cable starts at $50, but you can opt for a local only package that is $34.99.

Mediacom
Mediacom’s internet and cable TV bundles start at $49.99 a month, but they’re also part of the Connect2Complete program, and qualifying seniors can receive internet for $9.95 a month.

Sparklight
Unfortunately, Sparklight offers no senior or low-income discounts. We recommend placing a call to see if there are special, unadvertised deals you may qualify for.

Atlantic Broadband
Atlantic Broadband offers no senior discounts; they do offer bundled internet and cable service starting at $59.99 a month, however.

Fidelity
Fidelity, like many other cable providers, is part of the LifeLine program, which helps lower the cost of cellular and internet services for qualifying customers, including seniors. To be eligible, you must participate in a government program like SSI, Medicaid, or food stamps. 

GCI
While GCI participates in LifeLine, it is only for phones, not internet. There are no other senior discounts, unfortunately, although they encourage customers to call and inquire about current deals.   

Armstrong
Armstrong doesn’t offer any senior discounts, but it is part of the LifeLine 135 program. If you are a low-income residential customer you may qualify for a $9.25/month discount off your internet or $7.25/month discount off your telephone service. 

MCTV
Unfortunately, MCTV does not offer any senior discounts. We recommend calling to see if there are any special offers in your area!

Vast
Vast offers no senior discounts, but they do offer a $9.26 discount off of their LifeLine service, which is otherwise $24.99 for phone and $46.99 a month for qualifying customers. They offer bundles starting at 39.99.

The easiest way to get a good senior discount, regardless of your local service providers, is to call and discuss options! Many of these programs aren’t well advertised and you may need to speak to a specialist to make sure you qualify.

Also, the FCC recently launched a new initiative called Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program for low-income households, including seniors. Eligible Internet broadband customers can receive up to $50/month discount on their bill. The program is scheduled to run for six months. Review the EBB page for eligibility.

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