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Telephone and Internet Services
Lifeline, Link Up, and Toll Limitation Service (TLS) are programs through the Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to help low-income clients pay for or set-up phone service. It’s handled through individual phone companies and each one has different rates and restrictions. Clients are eligible for a discount if they have incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or if they’re already enrolled in food stamps or other assistance programs.
Lifeline support lowers the cost of basic, monthly local telephone service. An eligible customer may receive the Lifeline discount on either a wireline or wireless connection, but the discount is available for only one telephone connection per household.
Link Up support reduces the one-time cost associated with initiating telephone service and line extension to the consumer's residence. Eligible consumers also qualify for a deferred payment schedule for any remaining costs of up to $200. Link Up discounts reduce the cost of either wireline or wireless service, but do not offset the cost of purchasing a wireless phone. Link Up does not cover the cost of wiring inside a home.
Toll Limitation Service support allows eligible consumers to choose toll blocking or toll control services at no cost. Consumers who wish to avoid incurring large long distance charges can choose either toll blocking, which prevents callers from placing any long distance calls, or toll control, which limits long distance calls to a pre-set amount selected by the consumer.
www.usac.org (en espanol)
SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.
Comcast Internet Essentials: Offers $9.95/month internet service for families with at least one child receiving free lunch through the National School Lunch Program.