Are you familiar with the term "digital divide?" It's the gap between the people who have access to the internet and communication technology and the people who don't. This divide is generally due to differences in socioeconomic status.
To decrease this divide, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established a program that makes telephone and internet services more affordable. It's called Lifeline and those who are eligible can get a reduction on their monthly bills.
Lifeline can be used to decrease either your phone or internet bills by at least $9.25 per month. If you're living on a fixed income then that small amount can make a big difference.
Before you apply, you should see if you qualify. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is my annual income 135 percent or less than the federal poverty guidelines?
- Do I use other federal assistance programs, such as SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, public housing or a Veterans Pension?
- Do I live on Tribal Land and use federal assistance programs, such as Tribal TANF or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations?
If you or someone you know can answer yes to any of these questions, then the next step is finding a service provider in your area that participates. If you're not satisfied with a particular provider then you can transfer your service to another company in your area.
To learn more about Lifeline and to apply for a reduction in your phone or internet bills, click the blue button below.