For Tribal Land serviced by West River Cooperative Telephone Company
What do the programs provide?
Tribal Link Up provides eligible subscribers with reduced connection charges for their home telephone service. This reduction is up to 100% of the applicable charges or up to $100. Link Up also provides for deferred payment of the connection charges without interest. It does not cover the cost of wiring inside your home and is limited to once per home address per subscriber.
Lifeline provides eligible subscribers with a credit of up to $34.25 each month for voice telephone service. The credit can be applied to only one telephone line per household for the purposes of Lifeline. A household is an individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income or expenses. You may not receive Lifeline if you, or someone in your household, receives Lifeline on another home phone or a wireless phone. A Lifeline customer may not give his or her Lifeline discount to another person. Lifeline subscribers may also receive blocking of long distance calls on their telephone line at no charge.
If you have been disconnected for non-payment of telephone bills, these programs are available to you if you bring your local bill current. You may be required to pay a reconnect fee.
Who is eligible?
You can get Tribal Lifeline if you live on Tribal lands. Tribal lands include any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments. The following is a list of Tribal assistance programs that also qualify a participant for Lifeline:
• Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Tribal TANF
• Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
• Head Start (income eligible)
How do I obtain these telephone services?
If you or someone in your household meets the eligibility requirements, fill out and sign the application form and send it along with proof of eligibility to:
West River Cooperative Tele. Co.
P.O. Box 39
801 Coleman Ave.
Bison, SD 57620
Could I become ineligible?
When your household no longer participates in any of the qualifying public assistance programs, or your total household income exceeds 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or your household receives Lifeline on more than one telephone, you are no longer eligible for Lifeline or Tribal Link Up. You are obligated by law to notify your telephone company that you are no longer eligible for Lifeline and Tribal Link Up.