Lifeline Program and Link-Up America

Also known as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Universal Service Program for Low-Income Consumers. Federal law requires telephone companies doing business across state lines to offer discount telephone installation and service fees for low income individuals. Lifeline programs reduce monthly telephone charges for low income families while Link-Up America reduces installation charges. Lifeline and Link-Up America programs can vary from state to state. The Lifeline Program can be up to $10 monthly for local telephone service. Link Up program pays one-half of the installation.

To be eligible for Oklahoma's Lifeline Program a person must be eligible for or receive assistance from one of the following programs:

  • Food Stamps,
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),
  • Medicaid,
  • SSI,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation, including, but not limited to, aid to the deaf and hard of hearing and
  • State Sales Tax Relief Act,

You should contact your local telephone company for information on whether you qualify for the Lifeline/Link Up or the Enhanced Lifeline/Linkup programs and how to apply. State Qualifying information is also available on the Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) web site in your local phone directory, or you can call USAC toll free at 1-888-641-8722.

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