The current discount provided under the Company’s Lifeline service for voice-only is $5.25 (click here for serviceable areas) and the current broadband discount rate is $9.25.
A household is eligible for Lifeline discount if the customer’s annual household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. You may also qualify for the Lifeline program if a customer, a dependent, or the customer’s household participates in one or more of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
This application can be returned to one of our local stores found on our website or mailed to Bluepeak , Attn: Customer Care, 5100 S Broadband Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. If you have additional questions, please call one of customer care agents at (888) 975-4258 (4BLU).
Lifeline Program Restrictions
- Only one Lifeline service is available per household.
- A household is defined, for purposes of the Lifeline program, as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.
- A household is not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers (i.e., if you receive a Lifeline discount on your wireless service, you would not also qualify to receive that discount on your home phone service).
Violation of the one-per-household limitation constitutes a violation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (or “FCC”) rules and will result in the subscriber’s de-enrollment from the program.
Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit, and the subscriber may not transfer his or her benefit to any other person.
Lifeline is a federal benefit and willfully making false statements to obtain the benefit can result in fines, imprisonment, de-enrollment or being barred from the program.
General Lifeline Information —
For Home Phone:
Because phone service is so important in today’s world, Bluepeak believes everyone should have access to it. We offer a discounted telephone service plan to make basic home phone service even more affordable for qualified customers. Lifeline provides qualified customers with discounted home phone service and the ability to add additional services and features.
FAQs: FCC Lifeline Rules For Home Phone
What do I need to fill in on the application?
It is important that you fill out the application completely and accurately to ensure there are no delays in being approved for the Lifeline program. Please review the instructions on the application carefully. Required:
- Customer Name
- Customer Service Address
- City, State, Zip
- Must note if your address is permanent or temporary
- Customer Telephone Number
- Social Security Number (last 4 digits only)
- Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
- Must check qualifying program or income; if income, must provide # of persons in household
- Must provide proof of program participation or income level
- Must check that you have read and agree to the list of certifications
How do I submit the application?
This application can be returned to one of our local stores found on our website or mailed to Bluepeak Attn: Customer Care, 5100 S Broadband Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. If you have additional questions please call one of customer care agents at (888) 975-4258 (4BLU)
What proof do I need to bring?
If you qualify by program assistance, please bring in a copy of your benefits card or award letter. If you qualify by income, please bring in copies of any of the following qualifying documents —Bluepeak DOES NOT keep any documentation.
- Most recent state or federal tax return
- Retirement/pension statement of benefits
- Current income statement from an employer
- Unemployment/Workmen’s Compensation Statement of Benefits
- Paycheck stubs for most recent 3 months
- Federal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
- Social Security Statement of Benefits
- Veterans Administration Statement of Benefits
- Child Support document
- Divorce decree
- Other official document containing income information
How do I get proof of Social Security if I qualify by income?
Social Security Statement of Benefits is mailed to all recipients annually. If you need a copy, please contact your local Social Security office.
Can I send a copy of my paycheck as proof?
We will need a copy of your paycheck stubs for three consecutive months, as proof. A copy of your paycheck is not accepted.
Is Supplemental SSI the same is Social Security?
No. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income.
I’m a senior citizen, do I qualify?
Lifeline is not based on age. You must participate in one of the qualifying programs or meet the income guidelines to be eligible for Lifeline.
I receive Medicare, do I qualify?
No. Medicare is not a qualifier for the Lifeline program.
I babysit or am self-employed, what is acceptable for proof?
Please provide a photocopy of your most recent tax return.
Do I have to wait until I’m approved for Lifeline to get phone service?
No. You must have working phone service to be approved for Lifeline.
Will the Lifeline discount be on my next bill?
Lifeline will be applied to your account within 2 bill cycles and is retroactive back to your approval date.
Why isn’t Lifeline showing on my bill anymore?
You may have failed to complete a Re-certification within the required 30 days. You must re-apply by using the Application for Lifeline to have the discount added back to your account.
Why has my bill amount changed?
The FCC has changed the federal Lifeline discount amount.
Why did I receive a Re-certification form in the mail?
The FCC is requiring all customers who have Lifeline as of June 1, 2012, to certify that they are still eligible for Lifeline according to the new guidelines.
Why did the FCC change its contribution to the Lifeline discount?
The FCC reformed many aspects of its Lifeline program and changing the old Lifeline discount rate structure to a simple, flat rate discount was one of those reforms. The FCC concluded that such a discount is easier for customers to understand.
How can I find more about these changes?
How do I recertify my eligibility?
You must re-certify by completing the form you received in the mail and returning it.