GeoLinks has been designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in California and Nevada for the purposes of collecting Connect America Fund Phase II grant funding to deploy broadband services. Pursuant to that designation, GeoLinks will offer Lifeline voice service to customers within its designated service area.
Lifeline is a government assistance program that is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund and is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company. The Company provides a Lifeline discount on voice service to customers within its service area.
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of voice services for qualifying customers. Eligible customers will get at least a $9.25 discount on their bill. Qualifying customers who live on federally recognized tribal lands may get up to an additional $25 discount.
There is a limit of one Lifeline discount per household, not per person, and a household can get a Lifeline discount from only one provider.
A customer may qualify for a Lifeline discount based on:
- Income – You may be eligible for a Lifeline discount if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines.
– OR –
- Participation by you or someone else in your household in one of the following federal assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)
Acceptable documentation of income eligibility includes the prior year’s state, federal, or Tribal tax return; current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub; a Social Security statement of benefits; a Veterans Administration statement of benefits; a retirement/pension statement of benefits; an Unemployment/Workmen’s Compensation statement of benefits; federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance; or a divorce decree, child support award, or other official document containing income information for at least three months’ time.
Acceptable documentation of program eligibility includes: (1) the current or prior year’s statement of benefits from a qualifying state, federal or Tribal program; (2) a notice letter of participation in a qualifying state, federal or Tribal program; (3) program participation documents (such as the consumer’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) electronic benefit transfer card or Medicaid participation card (or copy thereof)); or (4) another official document evidencing the consumer’s participation in a qualifying state, federal or Tribal program.
Annual Recertification, Verification, or Termination of The Lifeline Program
Subscribers participating in the Lifeline program are required to re-certify, on an annual basis, their qualification to continue to participate in the Lifeline program based on the federal recertification or verification requirements.
Prices for GeoLinks’ services are available here: https://geolinks.com/caf-rates/
GeoLinks is not offering Lifeline service yet. However, when service becomes available, additional information on how to subscribe to them will be posted here. Please check back soon.