Update: Alaska Communications no longer participates in the free government phone program
Alaska Communications offers Lifeline benefits to Alaskan residents. Residents who qualify can receive a wireless phone plus unlimited talk and texting for only $1.00 a month (plus fees and state taxes). Even with the fees and taxes, the monthly bill is significantly lower than non-Lifeline phone bills.
Qualifying for Alaska Lifeline Services
In order to qualify for the severely discounted phone service program you must participate in one of Alaska’s government assistance programs. Listed below in alphabetical order by the qualifying programs. If you receive benefits from one of the listed programs, you are eligible for Lifeline benefits:
- Adult Public Assistance (including aid to aged, blind, and disabled)
- Alaska State Housing Corporation Programs:
- Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) General Assistance
- Child Care Assistance
- Denali Kid Care
- Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8 Programs
- Head Start Programs (meeting income qualifying standards)
- Home Investment Partnership Program “HOME”
- Interest Rate Reduction for Low Income Borrowers
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs
- Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program
- Medicaid (not Medicare)
- National School Lunch Program (free meals program only)
- Public Housing
- Senior Citizen Housing Development Fund
- State of Alaska Heating Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – previously known as Food Stamps
- Tribally Administrated Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- VA Pension or VA Disability Pension (VA Disability Compensation does not apply)
- WIC (Woman, Infant, & Children) Program
If you don’t participate in one of the programs listed above, you may still qualify based on household income. In 2012, if your income levels are at or below the levels listed in the Household Income Eligibility Level chart below, you qualify for the Lifeline phone program:
|Size of Household||2012 Lifeline Eligibility Level|
|For each additional person, add $6,683|
If you’re still not quite sure if you qualify for Alaska’s Lifeline service, visit their website and complete the prequalification screening application. After completing the application you’ll have a definitive answer as to whether or not you qualify.
Alaska Communications Service Areas
After completing the qualification information check to see if Alaska Communications provides service in your area. They have a chart on their website that lists the communities and zip codes of the areas for which they provide service. The chart starts in Anchorage and ends in Wrangell.
Applying for Lifeline
Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility and that service is provided for your area, the next step is to complete the lifeline application. You may download the application complete it and mail it to Alaska communications at the following address:
Attn: LSA Representative, MS31
600 Telephone Ave
Anchorage, AK 99503
Be prepared to provide proof of eligibility in the form of tax returns or program identification numbers. Once you’ve submitted your application it’s a waiting game. It may take several weeks before your application is processed. If you have any questions call Alaskan Communications to find out the status of your application.
Please be advised that Lifeline benefits are limited to one per household. You may not have two cell phones the same households receiving Lifeline benefits.