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 Pension & Survivors Benefit
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Income at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Level
  • Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit (Schedule H)*
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)*

*Additional Wisconsin qualifying programs. Participants in these programs only qualify if the household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Applicants should complete an Information Release Authorization Form which is available in the business office. Information is verified with the necessary government agency. Additional documentation from the customer may be requested.  Once verified,  the program’s monthly discount rate will be applied to 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