You can complete your Enrollment online or by phone (through Schedule a Call Back). Your completed application will be put into Pending status until your Documents are received.
Once you complete your Enrollment you'll be required to send us Proof and ID Documents for verification. With six (6) different ways to submit copies, it couldn't be easier!
After we recieve and review your Documents we'll process your Enrollment into your chosen Carrier's system, arrange for the shipping of your new phone and update you via email.
Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.
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Telecommunications service keeps people connected to vital parts of their lives, from family and friends to work to doctors, police, and fire fighters. For some people, though, the costs of service can be too high.
To keep all Americans connected, telecommunications companies can get support from the Lifeline Program. Low-income consumers can receive discounts on initiating and maintaining telecommunications services. Carrying out a policy in existence since 1985, the Lifeline Program is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to eligible consumers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates.
Not by American tax dollars. The Lifeline Program is not a part of the federal budget, and the US Treasury does not collect or have anything at all to do with Lifeline funds. Instead, the Lifeline Program is funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF) which is funded by contributions from all interstate telecommunication carriers. The carriers typically pass the cost along to all telecom consumers in the form of a small Universal Service fee that is on all monthly phone bills.
Not at all! The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) manages four total programs that are all funded by the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program makes up approximately 23% of the total spending budget of Universal Service Fund. The remainder of the Fund is spent on programs supporting Rural Access Health Care Access and Telecommunications Access for Schools and Libraries.
Yes and no. The term “Obama Phone” was coined through the mass circulation of inaccurate political propaganda, and then viral YouTube videos. The real facts are that the Lifeline program was first introduced in 1985 under President Reagan’s administration, carriers began funding in 1997 under the Clinton Administration, and was expanded to include wireless service in 2005 during the Bush administration. The election of Obama in 2008 ushered in a new FCC that has adopted rigorous reform designed to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and to preserve the program for those who truly need it.
No, it does not. Lifeline is a subsidy program that provides for a discount on phone service to qualified low-income individuals. The distribution of phones is actually completed by authorized companies that incur the initial cost of the phones. The subsidy paid by the USF is generally about $9.25 per month in most states. However, in cases where the service is completely free, the customer must use the service at least once every sixty days or service is canceled. The customer must also maintain eligibility in order to continue receiving the benefit.