New “Lifeline” Information
Lifeline is a government program that offers qualified low income households a discount on their monthly local telephone bill.
Toll Limitation Service (TLS) allows consumers to avoid large long distance bills by choosing either toll blocking or toll limitation at no charge.
How much can I save? Qualifying low-income customers will save $9.25 on your basic monthly bill. These benefits apply to your local telephone service charges that you purchase as flat rate service and also cover your subscriber line charge.
Lifeline credits are only available one time per customer/household and cannot be claimed from more than one telecommunications provider at a time.
How do I know if I am eligible?
Qualifying low-income customers can establish eligibility for Lifeline if the customer, one or more of their dependents or a member of their household participates in a qualifying assistance program or through meeting income-based requirements. If you, one of your dependents, or a member of your household participates in any of the following programs, you may qualify for Lifeline assistance:
Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Veteran's Pension or Survirors Pension

If your total household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you may also qualify for     Lifeline assistance.
What proof of eligibility do I need to provide? You will be asked to sign a form stating, under penalty of perjury, that you receive benefits from at least one of the qualifying programs listed above and will be required to provide documentation which verifies your participation in that (or those) programs.
Proof of total household income may be required for income-based qualification. The following documents are acceptable as proof of income:
• Last year’s federal tax return
• Three consecutive months of payroll statements or paycheck stubs for the current year
• A Social Security Statement of benefits
• A Veterans’ Administration statement of benefits
• Unemployment/Workers compensation statement of benefits
• A divorce decree, child support statement or any other official document, showing proof of your
Your Lifeline benefits will take effect when proof of eligibility is received.
Are there any restrictions? Only one Lifeline service is available per household. A household is not permitted to receive lifeline benefits from multiple providers. For instance, you can have Lifeline on your home phone OR you cell phone, but not both. Violation of the one-per household limitation constitutes a violation of the FCC’s rules and will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline Program. Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit (this means you may not transfer your benefits to any other person). Lifeline can only be used for the primary telephone line in a household. You may purchase additional services available to a non-Lifeline customer. You must establish phone service prior to applying for the Lifeline discount.
How do I apply? To apply for Lifeline, call Kennebec Telephone directly at 605-869-2220. An application can be obtained via phone, or from the Kennebec Telephone office in Kennebec.
How do I continue to receive Lifeline benefits? Eligibility is reviewed periodically. Your benefits will be discontinued when you no longer meet the eligibility requirements or when proof of eligibility is not received. Customers who are no longer eligible for Lifeline benefits must notify their service provider.
Toll Limitation Service (TLS)
How much will I save? You can add Toll Deny or Allow Selective Calling at no charge each month. We may also waive the required deposits when a customer adds a toll limitation service.
How do I know if I am eligible? If you qualify for Lifeline and Link-Up, you also qualify for TLS.
Being a Lifeline or Link-Up customer does not protect you from being disconnected if you fail to pay your telephone bill.



Tribal Lifeline & Tribal Link Up
Individuals who reside on tribal lands and meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for discounts through Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link Up programs. Tribal lands are defined as any federally-recognized Indian tribe's reservation, pueblo, or colony; Indian Allotments; and areas that fall outside the boundaries of existing Tribal lands but have been designated by the Federal Communications Commission as Tribal lands for the purpose of receiving Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link Up support.
Tribal Lifeline helps eligible residents of tribal lands save up to $34.25 on their monthly phone bill. The discount applies to wireline or wireless residential telephone service plans and is limited to one line per household. Tribal Link Up provides a one-time discount for the connection or activation charge for new telephone service at the applicant's primary residence. The discount is a 100 percent reduction, up to $100, of the customary charge to initiate telecommunications service. Link Up also allows you to pay any remaining amount owed on initiation of service (up to $200) on a deferred schedule, interest free.
Eligible consumers may also be able to sign up for free toll blocking or toll limitation service that either blocks or limits long-distance calls from your phone.
Both programs have eligibility requirements. You may qualify if you, one or more of your dependents, or your household participates in any of the following programs:
·  Medicaid (example, Title XIX/Medical State Supplemental Assistance)
·  Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
·  Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
·  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food
· Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
·  Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
·  Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
·   Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
·   Or, if your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty
       Guidelines (see table below).
You may be asked to provide proof of your eligibility.




2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines – 135%


Household Size

48 Contiguous States and D.C.




$ 16,281

$ 20,331

$ 18,711


$ 21,924

$ 27,392

$ 25,205


$ 27,567

$ 34,452

$ 31,698


$ 33,210

$ 41,513

$ 38,192


$ 38,853

$ 48,573

$ 44,685


$ 44,496

$ 55,634

$ 51,179


$ 50,139

$ 62,694

$ 57,672


$ 55,782

$ 69,755

$ 64,166

For each additional person, add

$ 5,643

$ 7,061

$ 6,494

Please Note:
Source: Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 15, January 25, 2016, pp. 4036-4037
 The federal poverty guidelines are typically updated at the end of January.

(Applicable to the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia only.)
To apply for Tribal Lifeline or Tribal Link Up on Tribal Lands, contact your telephone company for a Tribal Lifeline or Tribal Link Up Assistance Application, complete the form, and then return it to your telephone company. A company representative will contact you to verify your eligibility and complete the application process. You will be required to provide documentation to prove eligibility.

Important Information

·  Not all telephone providers in South Dakota offer the Tribal Lifeline and Tribal
      Link Up discounts.
·  Tribal Lifeline is available on only one line per household. A household is defined
      as any individual or group of individuals living together at the same address as
      one economic unit. An "economic unit" consists of all adult individuals
      contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household. A
      household may include related and unrelated persons.
· Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link Up discounts cannot be applied to past due
      telephone bills.
· It can take up to two months for the discounts to show up on your bill as a credit.
      You must pay the bill until that time.
· Tribal Link Up will not cover the cost of a phone or wiring your home.
·  You must notify the telephone company when you no longer qualify for the
Rev. 04/14/16
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