The United States makes provision for families from low-income households to gain access to quality telecommunications services. These services are offered by specific phone carriers. Rates are just, reasonable, and affordable. These services act as discount support mechanisms and ensure that qualifying candidates receive discounts for phone installations as well as discounts on monthly phone bills.
In order to qualify for the services, applicants must either be eligible or participate in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF) Head Start Programs (under income qualifying eligibility provision only)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs
- Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
Lifeline phone service Oklahoma is one example of these services being offered to locals. Low-income families are defined as families who do not generate an income that is more than 80% of the median income for the area in which the family lives. It is estimated that a quarter of US children live in a low-income family where one parent is working.