In 1985 the Lifeline program was established providing millions of Americans the opportunities and security that phone service can bring. Since 1985 low income qualified Americans in any state have been using the life line program to communicate with employment, family, and emergency services. Lifeline discounts were approved for pre-paid wireless service. Internet was adopted under the lifeline program in 2012. The same way wireless service was introduced.
Tip: Lifeline is part of the USF or universal Service Fund
To qualify for the life line program participants must have an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Example: 3/16/2014 California 1-2 members in household making less that 21000 will qualify.
Tip: Only one single lifeline service and phone per household!
You can also qualify if you are in one of the following programs:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Federal Public House Assistance (Section 8)
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met) or
State assistance programs (if applicable)
Tip: You may NOT have a land-line (Home phone) & wireless cell on the life line program as it violates the Terms of service!
Only a select amount of broadband cell service companies will take part in the experimental program. ReachOut wireless was chosen to test the widespread deployment of high-speed internet also know as broadband.
ReachOut wireless Broadband