Telephone Assistance Programs

Telephone Assistance Programs (Lifeline)
Every person in America should have access to quality affordable telecommunications service. This principle of “Universal Service” has been the goal of the telecommunications industry for decades. DRN offers home telephone assistance programs adopted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. This program, referred to as Lifeline, helps eligible people pay a portion of their telephone costs.

Lifeline applies only to primary local telephone service in your home. It can save you at least $9.25 on your monthly phone bill.

An individual is eligible if he or she participates in one of the following programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, National School Lunch free lunch program, Federal Public Housing Assistance.

In addition, a consumer may be eligible if his or her household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Anyone wishing to participate in Lifeline is required to sign a certificate indicating, under oath, that they qualify to participate because they meet at least one of the program eligibility requirements.

The offices that administer a program under which you are eligible may automatically send you a Qualifying Certificate in the mail. If you receive this certificate please present it to DRN to help clarify which program you qualify for.

For more information follow the link below or please contact a Dickey Rural Networks Customer Care Representative at (701) 344-5000 or toll free at 877-559-4692. Write DRN,9628 N. Highway 281, P.O. Box 69, Ellendale, ND 58436 or email drtc@drtel.net.

Click here for the Lifeline application