Low Income Internet Assistance

Lifeline Program

Telephone and/or internet services are considered necessities for daily modern life, yet the cost of maintaining such services may be prohibitively expensive for low-income consumers. Under Congressional mandate, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Federal Universal Service Fund includes Low-Income Program discounts on telephone and internet services to qualifying consumers. Our Cooperative participates in this program.

 Applying for Benefits

Applicants need to certify their eligibility to receive the program’s benefits by proving participation in any of the following programs:

  • Veterans & Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Wisconsin Works – (W2)
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Badger Care
  • Medical Assistance (MA), Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit
  • National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Income at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Level

Applicants simply complete an Information Release Authorization Form which is available in the business office. We verify all applications with the necessary government agency, such as the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services or the Department of Revenue, or request documentation from the customer.  Once verified, we will apply the program’s monthly discount rate on a residential telephone and/or internet account (one per household).

Visit the USAC Lifeline Link Website  <Click Here>

Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
202 N. East Street
P.O. Box 67
Blue River, WI 53518
Voice: (608) 537-2461
Fax: (608) 537-2222