Lifeline and Link-Up

Link Up

Link Up is a federal government program that provides consumers in tribal areas a discount of up to 100% of activation charges up to $100.

Lifeline

Lifeline is a federal government program that provides eligible-income consumers with a monthly discount on wireless telephone service. Eligibility requirements and discount amounts vary by state.
All eligible Lifeline consumers may be subject to annual re-certification. If you are currently participating in one of the following programs, you could save at least $9.25 a month:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)¬†or¬†Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's free lunch program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Or his/her household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines:

    2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines - 135%
    Household Size48 Contiguous States and D.C.AlaskaHawaii
    1$15,755$19,638$18,117
    2$21,236$26,541$24,422
    3$26,717$33,399$30,726
    4$32,198$40,257$37,031
    5$37,679$47,115$43,335
    6$43,160$53,973$49,640
    7$48,641$60,831$55,944
    8$54,122$67,689$62,249
    For each additional
    person, add:
    $5,481$6,858$6,305
    *Lifeline is a federal government benefit program and only qualified persons may participate. Lifeline service may not be transferred to any other individual. Applicants must present documentation of household income or participation in qualifying programs. Lifeline is only available for one phone line per household, whether landline or wireless.
    *Some States may use a different household income level as their Lifeline eligibility criterion.
    * SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 14, January 22, 2014, pp. 3593-3594
    Please Note: The Federal Poverty Guidelines are typically updated in the end of January

For more information, visit your local Viaero Store for an application, or download an application here.

Kansas Lifeline Program

If you currently participate in one of the following programs, you may be eligible for the federal discount of $9.25 plus an additional $7.77, for a total of $17.02 discount on your monthly bill:
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's free lunch program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • General Assistance
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Food Distribution Program
  • Head Start (tribal programs for only those meeting its income qualifying standard)
  • Tribally Administered Free School Lunch Program
  • 150% of the federal poverty level (A consumer must provide THREE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS of statements as documentation of income, or provide a copy of their tax return for the previous year)

    2013 Kansas Poverty Guidelines - 150%
    Household SizeMaximum Annual Income
    1$17,505
    2$23,595
    3$29,685
    4$35,775
    5$41,865
    6$47,955
    7$54,045
    8$60,135
    For each additional person add:$6,090
    *The Kansas Lifeline program is 150% of the 2014 federal poverty level.
    Information prepared by the Kansas Corporation Commission 1-800-662-0027
For more information, visit your local Viaero Store for an application, or download an application here.

Nebraska Low Income Telephone Assistance Program (NTAP)

If you currently live in Nebraska and participate in one of the following programs, you may be eligible for the federal discount of $9.25 plus an additional $3.50, for a total of $12.75 discount on your monthly bill:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's free lunch program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Or his/her household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Children's Health Insurance Programs (Kids Connection, SAM, MAC, and E-MAC)
For more information, call the Nebraska Public Service Commission at 1-800-526-0017 or visit www.psc.nebraska.gov.