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LIFELINE & LINKUP ASSISTANCE

Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on landline and broadband service for qualifying consumers. Lifeline helps ensure that eligible consumers have the opportunities and security that landline phone and broadband service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.
Qualifying for Lifeline Support – Non-Tribal and Tribal

A consumer of SRT Communications (or someone in your household) 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)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) general assistance program
  • Medicaid
  • Veteran Pension & Survivor Pension Benefit
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
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 wireless, landline and broadband 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.
Important Notes for Eligible Consumers Living on Tribal Lands

Link-Up provides eligible consumers living on Tribal lands with a one-time discount of up to $100 on the initial installation or activation of a wireless, landline or broadband service for the primary residence. Also, Tribal Lifeline takes up to an extra $25 off your monthly bill.

Minimum Service Standards
Landline – unlimited local calling, toll charges will apply at your long distance company’s rates.
Broadband – speed of 18x2Mbps and usage of at least 1000GB per month.

Lifeline Support Level Phase-Down
                          Landline       Broadband
12/1/2018     $9.25               $9.25
12/1/2019     $7.25               $9.25
12/1/2020     $5.25               $9.25
12/1/2021     $0.00               $9.25

How Can I Sign Up?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now using a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier to review an applicant’s Lifeline eligibility. You can apply for Lifeline by visiting www.CheckLifeline.org by selecting your state in the drop down menu on that site. Once the National Verifier approves your application, contact SRT to activate your Lifeline benefits.

For more details, contact the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 voice, 1-888-835-5322 TTY, or by mail at FCC, 445 12th ST SW, Washington, DC 20554. You may also visit the FCC’s website at www.lifeline.gov.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and much more.

The EBB program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. (Up to $75 for qualifying Tribal Land households).

The EBB program is limited to one monthly service discount per household.

Who is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

 A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the following:

  • Qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program (including those who receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits); has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • 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 in the 2019-2020 or 2020-21 school year.
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

When can I enroll for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program from an approved provider.

Households can enroll at https://getemergencybroadband.org

Details About the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program:

This temporary FCC assistance program was established due to the COVID-19 pandemic which led to a rise in virtual services and learning. Broadband service is now essential for most households.

This program is designed to provide broadband services to help low-income households stay connected.

This program is temporary. Congress set aside $3.2 billion in allocated funds. The program will expire when the funds are exhausted or 6 months after the Health & Human Secretary declares the end of the nationwide COVID-19 health emergency.

How Will I Know When the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is Ending?

SRT will notify customers when the benefit is ending. SRT will also inform customers the cost of your broadband service after the program ends. The end of the program may not be timed to your billing cycle. Therefore, if the program ends prior to a full billing cycle, this may mean that the full benefit of up to $50 may not apply to your monthly bill.

Households will need to opt-in or request to continue broadband service with SRT. If you do not opt-in or select a service plan, SRT will discontinue your broadband service.

What is Lifeline and how do I qualify?

Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. To participate in the Lifeline program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in certain federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, the Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, or certain Tribal Programs. You can see if you are eligible by reviewing the information available at www.lifelinesupport.org and clicking on “Do I Qualify?”.