Changes to Lifeline and What It Means for You
On December 2, 2016, there were changes made to the Lifeline program; these changes are outlined below.
Voice and Broadband are now supported services for the monthly benefit
You will be able to choose what service to apply your Lifeline discount to; Telephone, Broadband Internet Access Services, or Service Bundle, but you can only receive a discount on ONE option per household – phone or Internet.
How to qualify for a Lifeline discount
To be eligible for Lifeline assistance, you must meet income-based criterion currently defined as at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see brochure) OR participate in at least one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
Lifeline affords you certain minimum features
Lifeline-discounted services include:
- A home landline telephone service
- Wireless (cell-phone) voice plan – 500 minutes per month
- Wireless (cell-phone) Data Plan – 500 MB per month at 3G speeds
- Home Internet service – 10 mbps/1 mbps (download/upload) speeds for home Internet plans
(Exception: In areas where Premier cannot offer 10 mbps/1 mbps speeds, speeds will be up to 4 mbps/1 mbps.)
* Only one benefit is available per household; either phone service (home or wireless) or internet (home or mobile), but not both.
If you decide to apply your monthly Lifeline discount to either home Internet service or a data plan for your cell phone, you must remain with Premier Communications for at least 12 months. If you sign up for a new home or cell phone service, you need to stay with Premier Communications for at least two months.
For more information about Lifeline Assistance please contact Premier Communications at 712-722-3451 or visit the Lifeline Assistance website.
Interested in signing up for Lifeline? Download the certification form.