Lifeline Assistance

The Low-Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Similar programs have existed since at least 1985. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 reiterated their importance by including the principle that "consumers in all regions of the nation, including low income consumers . . . should have access to telecommunications and information
services . . ."

Additional Information can be found at

Qualifications and Instructions:
People who are currently participating in at least one of the following or have an annual income below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guideline can qualify for Link-Up America and Lifeline Assistance programs.

  • Medicaid (e.g., Title XIX/Medical, State Supplemental Assistance)
  • Federal Public Housing or Section 8 Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Food Stamps
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance
  • National School Lunch Program’s free-lunch program

Link-Up America
Link-Up provides eligible subscribers with up to a 50% connection charge reduction (up to $30) of basic home telephone service.
Deferred payments of connection charges, without interest, can also be arranged.

Lifeline Assistance
Lifeline provides eligible subscribers home telephone service at a reduced monthly rate.
Lifeline subscribers may receive long distance blocking on their telephone line at no charge.

To apply, contact:
Halstad Telephone Company
P.O. Box
Halstad, MN 56548


Click one of the following links to download your state's Lifeline application:
North Dakota