Link-Up & Lifeline

Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. Lifeline helps ensure that eligible consumers have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services. Federal Lifeline support in the amount of $9.25 per month will be made available to qualifying low-income consumers

Qualifying for Lifeline Support

A customer of Consolidated that receives telephone service outside of Dickinson or Belfield must either have a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or participate in one of the following assistance programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

If you are requesting Lifeline on the basis of your household income, please refer to the Estimated Income Requirements for a Household at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You may find this chart, which is revised annually, on the United States Department of Health and Human Services, website at http://aspe.hhs.gov.

Important Notes for Eligible Consumers Nationwide

  • Lifeline is available for both wireline and wireless telephone services, however only one discount per household is allowed.
  • Lifeline is a government benefit program, and consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program.
  • Lifeline does not include long distance calls and toll charges apply to those calls. Long distance rates are available on our web site.
  • Lifeline includes unlimited local calling.

Qualifying for Enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up Support on Tribal Lands

A consumer living on tribal lands may be eligible for enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up if he/she has an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, participates in any of the seven qualifying assistance programs for regular Lifeline and Link-Up, or participates in any of these three additional qualifying assistance programs for Enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • Head Start (those meeting its income qualifying standard)

Important Notes for Eligible Consumers Living on Tribal Lands

  • Link-Up provides eligible low-income consumers living on Tribal lands with a one-time discount of up to $100 on the initial installation or activation of a wireline or wireless telephone for the primary residence.
  • Federal Lifeline support in the amount of $9.25 per month will be made available to qualifying low-income consumers. Additional federal Lifeline support of up to $25 per month will be made available to eligible residents of Tribal lands. The total Lifeline support cannot exceed the Residential Local Line Charge.

Download and Return this form to Apply

lifeline Application 2014

For more information on Link Up and Lifeline, please contact your local phone company.

North Dakota Public Service Commission
701-328-2400
600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept 408
Bismarck ND 58505-0480
 
 
 
 
 
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