Qualified residents living in Virginia may reduce their monthly phone bill by $9.25 per month by obtaining service through Buggs Island telephone Cooperative. BIT (Buggs Island Telephone) Communication participates in the federal Lifeline Program, which enables them to offer this discount.
To qualify for the reduced phone bill you must receive one of the following government assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
- National School Lunch Program (NSL)
If you don’t participate in one of the above programs but have a household income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, you may qualify for the discounted phone service.
If you’re still not sure whether not you qualify, download and complete the Lifeline Household Worksheet. This worksheet will help determine your eligibility.
Applying for Discounted Service
To receive the discounted phone service you must complete the Lifeline Assistance Application form. The form is downloadable from the Bugs Island website. Along with the completed application you are required to submit the necessary documentation that proves you are eligible.
Once you have gathered all the necessary information and completed the application, send the entire packet to Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative. You can e-mail it to them at email@example.com or fax it to them at 434-636-1211. If you’d rather not send it electronically you can mail the package to them at the following address:
Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative
P.O. Box 129
Bracey, VA 23919
Please be advised that only one application is allowed per household. Also, when completing the application, do not use a P.O. address. Only street addresses are allowed.
The approval process takes several weeks. If you have any question about the status of your application, call them at 434-636-2274