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Assistance Program

Lifeline

NOTE: If you have been disconnected for non-payment, these programs are available to you if you bring your current local bill. You may be required to pay a reconnect fee.

Helping Households Connect

Affordable Connectivity Program

Link to FCC ACP ApplicationLink to ACP Customer Opt-In Form

What is it?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service.

The benefit provides:

• Up to $30/month discount for internet service

• Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands

 

FCC ACP Fact Sheet

Who is eligible?

A household is eligible if a member meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty  Guidelines;
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid,  Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on  Indian Reservations;
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income program.

How do I apply?

Two-Steps to Enroll

  1. Go to ACPBenefit.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application; and
  2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and have the discount applied to your bill.

Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.

Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a  participating provider to select a service plan.

Affordable service. No matter the situation.

Lifeline

Lifeline is an assistance program that can help eligible people afford telephone and broadband Internet service. Tribal Lifeline & Tribal Link Up programs for tribal areas help eligible people on tribal lands afford telephone and broadband Internet service.

Lifeline

Lifeline provides up to a $5.25 discount on the monthly bill for primary home telephone and up to a $9.25 discount on the monthly bill for primary broadband service.

Tribal Lifeline

Tribal Lifeline provides up to a $34.25 discount on the monthly bill for primary home phone or broadband service for residents of tribal lands.

Tribal Link Up

Tribal Link Up provides a discount (up to $100) off initial hook up for primary home service.

Eligibility

Lifeline

Those with an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Those participating in at least one of the following:

Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP),  Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public House Assistance (Section 8), and Federal Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension.

Qualify for Lifeline Guide
Eligibility

Tribal Lifeline/Link Up

One of the following must apply to you:

Resident of tribal lands whose income is equal to or less than 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Resident of tribal lands participating in at least one of the following programs:

Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public House Assistance (Section 8), Federal Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension, Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribally – Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ( TTANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Head Start (income eligible only).

About Lifeline

Additional Info

For more information on Lifeline or Tribal Link Up and Tribal Lifeline, please contact RTC at 0811 or 701.862.3115.

Additional information also included in the Lifeline Worksheet.

Lifeline Worksheet
Duration

Length of Benefits

If you no longer meet the eligibility guidelines above, you no longer qualify for Link Up or Lifeline and you must inform RTC of your ineligibility.

How-to sign up

Apply for Lifeline/Link Up

You can apply for Lifeline using the National Verifier. You can apply with the National Verifier through RTC, by mail, or online using the consumer portal at www.CheckLifeline.org. Once on the lifeline program, you will be contacted by USAC annually to recertify that you still qualify.

Application
Lifeline Program

Consumer Guide (American Sign Language)