The federal US government has taken up an innovative Lifeline program which provides free government cell phones in Connecticut. The federal Universal Service Fund (USF) administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) organizes the program in which both Assurance Wireless and Safe Link Wireless are approved to facilitate free phones and free monthly airtime throughout Connecticut.
The eligibility criteria to qualify for this program vary in different states in USA. In Connecticut, the condition is that the subscribers should have a family income lower than or equal to 150% of the federal Poverty Guidelines. Otherwise need to participate in any one of the following programs:
- Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program.
Connecticut residents receiving government assistance make up a large number people who are in real need of a telephone connection, but cannot afford to buy one, will be helped enormously through this program. Through this program, everyone will be able to keep in touch with family and friends, have emergency access (9-11), and have a contact number for potential employers.