Six years have passed since the great recession cloud have floated away from United States of Nation, still the evil spell casted by that period has left people in a financial unstable condition. While people were trying to get rid of all the other expenses, they could imagine their existence without a cell phone in their hand. US government here took a footstep to support them by authorizing phone companies to provide cell phones and services to tens of millions Americans free of cost.
The eligibility criteria to qualify for this program vary from State to State, however the differences appear to be very minor. It is possible either by participation in the Federal or in the or in State Assistance Programs. By being part of these programs, one proves his financial insufficiency condition status. The list of universal federal assistance program almost found in every state includes:
1) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
3) National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
4) Supplemental Security Income
5) Federal Public Housing Assistance
6) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
7) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
8) Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
9) Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
10) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Now different stated have set different benchmarks to qualify for this Lifeline Program, where he can avail free phone services. Just for example the Mass Health program qualifies an individual in Massachusetts, and in California the criteria is to qualify in Women, Infants and Children Program.
The other way to enroll is based on Total Household income, which is based on earning from all the members of the family. The levels again vary from state to state some take it as 150% and some at 135%. There are couples of states taking it as 150% which includes Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, and some of them have defined their own levels which include California, Nevada and Vermont.
With the help of this lifeline program, an individual gets a free cell phone along with 250 free minutes and texts every month. These added free minutes and texts vary from state to state. With the status of the economy falling further in America, more and more people are qualifying for this Lifeline Assistance Program.
This program is being funded by Universal Service Fund Fees on telephone bills, and provides eligible customers with free monthly telephone Service. It started as a landline program, and later on cell phones also made an entry. Today an estimated population of 15 million users are availing this free government phones services, and FCC is assisting with cheap internet facilities.
These free Service can be availed from dozens of companies in various states. One gets an option to select from various vendors comprising of various big companies such as Safelink Wireless, Assurance Wireless and Budget Mobile to various other regional providers and various other providers which are existing in a single state.