GCI Alaskan Lifeline and ACP Plans
GCI offers qualified Alaskan residents a discount on their monthly phone and Internet services. GCI can offer this because they participate in the the federal Lifeline program, which offers free and discounted phone service to eligible residents. And they also participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The Affordable Connectivity Program has replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefits program effective 2/28/22.
The ACP and EBB programs have similar objectives in that they both help low-income households pay for broadband services. However, some of the eligibility criteria used in the EBB program are not allowed under the ACP. As a result, if you were previously enrolled in the EBB program, you will have to re-qualify to prove eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
GCI Lifeline Plans
Currently, GCI offers two different Lifeline plans. There’s the wireless mobile plan (Lifeline Mobile) and the wired plan (Wireline) as explained below:
Lifeline Wireline Plan
Although the plans are free, you will be responsible for applicable fees and taxes.
While the wireless Lifeline plan is available throughout Alaska, the Wireline plan is not. Therefore, before choosing a plan, check to see what is available in your area
GCI Affordable Connectivity Plans
Qualifying for CGI’s Lifeline/ACP Benefits
If you’re currently participating in the Lifeline Program, you are already eligible for ACP. Just contact CI support and request ACP benefits. However, if you are not enrolled in the Lifeline program, you must apply. Before applying, however, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for Lifeline.
The requirements for an approved Lifeline enrollment are as follows:
Additional programs if living on Tribal lands:
For more information on qualifying programs, please visit the Consumer Eligibility page of the universal Service Administrative Company’s website.
Applying for Lifeline
Once you confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements, visit the National Verifier site and start your application. You will need to upload the documents necessary to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria. The documents must be current. You will also need a government-issued form of ID to prove you are who you say you are.
After your application is approved you are automatically enrolled in Lifeline, but you will hace to request ACP benefits from CGI.
To sign up, for GCI, either sign up online, visit one of the locations or contact them by phone at 265-5400 or 800-800-4800.
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Last Modified: 20 November 2022
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