Lifeline/Link-Up Assistance Programs
Discount Local Telephone Service:
If you receive SSI, Food and Nutrition Services, Medicaid, Sec. 8 Housing Assistance, Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Work First Family, National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Head Start (if income eligibility is met), and State Assistance programs (SA), you may be eligible for a local telephone service discount through a program called Lifeline/Link-Up Assistance. Lifeline provides a discount of up to $9.25 per month on the cost of local telephone service. A maximum of one discount per household is permitted, which is defined as an individual or group of individuals living at the same address as an economic unit. An economic unit consists of all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household. Households interested in this service must contact their telephone company to apply for this program.
Native American Benefits:
Native Americans who reside on federally recognized tribal lands may qualify for a Lifeline discount of up to $34.25 per month. In addition, they may qualify through the Link-Up program for a discount of up to $100 off the cost of connecting local telephone service. Native Americans are also eligible for Lifeline and Link-Up if they receive Bureau of Indian Affairs general assistance, Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Head Start (based on the income standard), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. Households interested in these services must contact their telephone company to apply for these programs.
Lifeline/Link-Up Assistance Programs are supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). This information was produced and distributed through a task force, with broad consumer and industry representation, led by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.
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Page Modified 07/17/2014