NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ– New Brunswick's main cable provider, Altice USA, is offering eligible families and senior citizens fast internet service for just $15 a month.
As of September, "Economy Internet" low-cost broadband service has been available to new residential customers who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or senior citizens eligible for Supplemental Security Income, announced the company recently.
Those who meet the requirements can sign up online at GetEconomyInternet.com or by calling (844) 358-3147.
However, an Altice USA spokeswoman confirmed that the offer is not available to existing customers.
The speed of the economy package is as fast as 30 Mbps downstream, and includes free in-home WiFi as well as email service. No annual contract is required, said Altice USA, and there are no data caps. (Installation charges do apply.)
“As the internet becomes increasingly important for education and accessing critical information and services, Altice USA is pleased to expand our low-cost broadband service to connect even more families and seniors across our U.S. footprint,” said Dexter Goei, Altice USA Chairman & CEO.
“We remain committed to supporting programs that help bridge the digital divide within our local communities, and ensuring that consumers across the country have access to affordable internet connectivity is a major step in reaching that goal.”
Altice USA, formerly Cablevision, is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the US, delivering various services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.
The public company recently extended its economy package offer to its entire Optimum footprint. That includes all its service areas in the Garden State and beyond — where it provides broadband and other services.
Altice USA has also partnered with several community-based organizations across much of its footprint (areas where it provides service) and confirmed an ongoing digital ad campaign to promote the economy service.
"We are running some public service announcements," said a company spokeswoman. She explained that information was airing on Altice USA's television systems and possibly on radio, as well.
Altice USA said it is collaborating with hundreds of community centers and libraries to provide free broadband service in computer labs and other public spaces, meaning more people can now access the internet for free, outside of their homes and benefit from faster speeds as well.
Comcast, the company's biggest competitor, doesn't offer service in the Hub City, although its service area in Middlesex County is larger than Altice's, according to a map of cable television franchise areas, provided by the NJ Cable Telecommunications Association.