Wireless Lifeline

Wireless Lifeline

Struggling to make ends meet? Consider applying for federal Lifeline & Linkup telephone assistance through Copper Valley Telecom. The application is easy to complete and discounts go into effect almost immediately.

The Lifeline and Linkup Programs provide local or wireless telephone service at reduced cost to qualifying low income customers. See the chart below for the income guidelines. To qualify, customers must meet the following criteria:

Certify that you are not receiving Lifeline discounts on any other telephone lines (even with another provider). Meet income-based criteria as shown on the Lifeline Program application or certify that you subscribe to one of the following needs-based assistance programs.

Assistance Programs

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps (SNAP)
  • Food Distribution Program on Reservations
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Public Housing Assistance
  • State of Alaska Housing
  • Senior Citizen Housing Development Fund
  • Senior Care
  • Alaska Adult Public Assistance Program
  • Alaska Temporary Assistance Program
  • Pioneer Home Payment Assistance
  • Alaska Heating Assistance
  • VA Disability Pension
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance Program (PASS I, PASS II, PASS III)
  • WIC – Women, Infants, and Children Program
  • Head Start Programs
  • Denali Kid Care
  • National School Lunch Program (free meals program only)
  • Interest Rate Reduction Programs
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program
  • Home Investment Partnership Program "HOME"
  • Another "means test" social service program administered by state or federal government.

Plan & Charges

  • $1 plan (after credits are applied) per month
  • Unlimited local calling
  • No charge for Install
  • Toll restriction is provided upon request from customer at no charge.
    • Note that long distance calling plans are available from several carriers in the CVT service area. Plans, charges, and terms vary between carriers and customers are responsible for contacting the carriers directly to request information and/or sign up for long distance service. The carriers that provide service in the CVT service area are: ATT, Copper Valley Long Distance, GCI, Excel
  • Calling features may be added for an additional monthly fee.

Regulatory Disclosures

  • Documentation is required to establish eligibility
  • Only eligible customers may qualify
  • Benefits limited to 1 per household
  • Lifeline is a government benefit program

Phone Equipment

  • Customer is responsible for providing their own telephone equipment.


  • Customer must fill out Lifeline Eligibility application in order to qualify for this plan.
  • All normal policies apply (deposits, payment terms, usage, etc.)

2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines - 135%

Household Size 48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,889 $19,872 $18,292
2 $21,505 $26,892 $24,745
3 $27,121 $33,912 $31,198
4 $32,737 $40,932 $37,651
5 $38,353 $47,952 $44,104
6 $43,969 $54,972 $50,557
7 $49,585 $61,992 $57,010
8 $55,201 $69,012 $63,463
For each additional
person, add
$5,616 $7,020 $6,453

Lifeline Wireless Service

Local Unlimited
Statewide Minutes 450
Additional Statewide .35
Roaming Minutes - Alaska Free
Roaming Minutes - Lower 49/Canada .15
Long Distance - Alaska Free
Long Distance - Lower 49/Canada .15
Unlimited Texting Free
Unlimited Nights/Weekends Free
Unlimited Mobile to Mobile Free

Application for CVW Lifeline

Frequently Asked Questions About the Lifeline Program