This evening's news mentions that as part of the AT&T agreement with their take over of DirecTV they have agreed to provide internet service for $5 per month to any household where at least one member receives food stamps. The program is expected to continue until 2020. If you fit the category you may want to contact AT&T.
And I just saw a Comcast ad on TV about their offering free internet for the needy. I have no idea what their parameters or definitions are, but I'm sure those who feel they might qualify could call or google to find more details.
I haven't checked any anti-trust or other situations they may have been caught up in that this has been an acceptable penalty rather than heavy fines, but I suspect it is a case such as that. They can advertise it as 'helping the needy' all they want, but the chances of it being voluntary are very slim.
I would LOVE it if was offered in my area. I am not on food stamps, but I "can't" afford internet. No landline, no tv, no internet. I bum my connection - with permission - when the provided wanted to raise the rates to $140? a month for DSL, 5 mps. That included their modem (free) and their router ($10 a month rent). I use free wifi from a lot of places (thus the bum the connection with permission) but I hate doing it.