Lifeline and Link-Up Program
To participate in the program, the consumer must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines for the state of Alaska or the consumer, one or more of the consumer’s dependents, or consumer’s household must participate in one of the following assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income
- Federal Public House Assistance
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Head Start
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
Consumer Discounts On Telephone Service Under Federal Universal Service Programs
The federal Lifeline Program gives income-eligible consumers a discount on monthly charges for basic local landline or wireless residential telephone service purchased from an authorized landline or wireless service provider. Assistance is limited to one monthly discount per customer.
The federal Link-Up Program covers a portion of new service installation or activation fees for eligible consumers and allows consumers to finance connection or activation fees on consumer-friendly terms.
Federal rules prohibit eligible low-income consumers from receiving more than one Lifeline discount per household. An eligible consumer may receive a discount on either a wire-line or wireless service, but not both.
Failure to follow the Lifeline rules could result in loss of benefits. Any consumer who makes false statements in order to obtain Lifeline can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program.
The links below are available for more detailed information about the program and to determine if you meet the eligibility qualifications.