Verizon is now offering its Fios Forward program to low-income households. The service, introduced early last year, will be offered to customers who qualify for the federal Lifeline government assistance program for three price tiers. The $20 Fios 200 plan offers up to 200 Mbps, the $40 Fios 400 plan offers up to 400 Mbps and the $60 Fios Gigabit Connection offers up to 880 Mbps and includes a router. Verizon says qualifying customers will also be eligible for additional promotions and benefits. The Lifeline program was created in 1985. It is a $1.5 billion subsidy program designed to help low-income families pay for phone service by giving out a $9.25-a-month subsidy. In 2015, the program was expanded to include broadband Internet service.
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