The internet is one of those utilities that was once considered a luxury but now is all-but-required for modern life success. For anyone working from home or going to school from home, having a reliable internet service provider at a reasonable price is essential. Equally important are fast download speeds and the ability for multiple people to be online at once. This guide breaks down military discounts on internet service available to military families and veterans.
All of the companies we’re covering in this round-up have specific eligibility requirements, so it’s best to check with the company directly to ensure you have the necessary documentation on hand.
To verify your military status, some internet service providers may require you to create an account with military verification websites like:
- Veterans Advantage
Others might require you to verify eligibility online with military pay stubs or a copy of your military ID.
Additionally, AT&T’s Signature Program provides special rates for qualified sponsoring groups, such as:
- Government Employees
- College & University Students
- Employees of participant companies
Active-duty military members simply need a .mil e-mail address to sign up for the program. Military veterans will need to verify eligibility through documentation.
Online: Provide any one of the following forms of ID to sign up
- Veteran Designated Driver’s License (not valid in HI, NE, NJ, OR, and VA)
- Veteran ID Card (VIC)
- VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage (Not a member? Here’s more info. )
AT&T stores: Provide any one of the following forms of ID to sign up
- Veteran’s Designated Driver’s License
- Valid Retired Military ID
- Current AMVETS Membership Card
- Veteran Health Insurance Card (VHIC)
- Department of Defense Form DD214 (indicating an honorable discharge)
- Department of Defense Sponsorship Card (for spouses of deceased veterans)
Visit AT&T’s website for its latest offerings.
Comcast / Xfinity
When it comes to high-speed internet, digital cable, and more, Xfinity’s deals depend on your location and are always changing.
Xfinity doesn’t currently offer a monthly discount for members of the military. However, for a limited time, Comcast/Xfinity is providing a special promotion for active-duty servicemembers and veterans.
Through March 31st, 2021, Xfinity is offering current and new customers with a $25 coupon that can be used for Xfinity On Demand rentals and purchases or as a credit toward your monthly bill.
Like other large, national companies, Verizon offers a generous bundle package to help make internet service, mobile service, home phone, streaming, cable and more, more affordable. The company currently offers three different bundling options that can save you upwards of $100 each month.
If you’re looking specifically for internet service, Verizon/FiOS offers military members home internet starting at $34.99/month + taxes and equipment charges.
You’ll need to confirm eligibility to take advantage of these discounted internet service rates.
T-Mobile Home Internet
T-Mobile is known for offering one of the best military discounts on mobile phone services with their Magenta Military and Magenta MAX Military plans. But, T-Mobile has also entered the home internet space, with great pricing to boot.
Current T-Mobile account holders can simply enter their cell phone number to quickly see if their location is eligible for service. If you’re not a current customer, you’ll need to also enter the physical address of the location where you’d like service.
T-Mobile is America’s fastest growing home internet service provider. The unique factor to T-Mobile’s internet offering is that it is entirely wireless – the service is provided over a 5G cell connection. This makes the service attractive for folks living in areas where physical broadband or fiber lines have not yet been ran.
Typical download speeds range between 33-182 Mbps – great for streaming video, surfing the web, and working from home. Online gaming is possible, but a wired connection is always best to avoid latiency issues.
All-in-all, T-Mobile home internet is a fantastic deal for military service members and veterans who are already subscribers to T-Mobile’s Magenta and Magenta MAX Military plans.
For some military service members and veterans, internet access can be difficult due to their location. Either fiber or broadband lines have not been extended to their home, or their property is not in a good location to access 5G cell towers. Thankfully, there are still options like HughesNet!
HughesNet is a satellite internet service provider – it sends a request for a web page from your device to a satellite 22,000 miles out in space that is in geosynchronous orbit. Download speeds are typically around 25 Mbps, and upload speeds are around 3 Mbps.
The service is great for those that do not have access to a wired or 5G connection for the home, with sufficent speeds for streaming video, browsing the internet, and conducting remote work. Gaming is not reccomended on HughesNet connections, due to the significant latency created through satellite transmission.
Regional Internet Service Providers
Do you prefer internet service through a smaller, regional provider?
No problem. Sometimes regional companies will also offer military discounts for internet service. Or you might be able to entice them to match these offers from their national competitors.
Simply call your internet service provider about any available military discounts or deals.