On September 13, 2013, Acting FCC Chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn, spoke about the people who use the Lifeline cell phone program.
In her remarks she said "...who gets these Lifeline subsidies? People like a New Jersey man who used his service during Hurricane Sandy to contact fleeing family members, and an elderly woman who was stranded in the storm and used her wireless service to call for help; people like the mother in a homeless shelter who contacted doctors for her sick child, and the single father of two children, one with special needs, who uses his Lifeline phone to communicate, with his children's doctors and caregivers."
She also stated that, "its most typical Lifeline customer, is a middle-aged grandmother, raising her grandchildren, on only $12,000 per year."
The Lifeline cell phone program's intended use is to keep families connected, give people access to emergency services, and provide a means for people to connect to job opportunities.
"Without this program, approximately millions of low-income families would have to choose between feeding their children or going without a dial tone that potentially could save their lives, and put them on a better economic path," Clyburn said.
You can read Clyburn's complete remarks on the FCC website.
If you're wondering if you or someone you know could qualify for a free phone through the Lifeline cell phone program, visit our website www.budgetmobile.com. You can get started by entering your zip code in our on page form.
The see a list of eligible government programs like food stamps or Medicaid that qualify you for a free phone, click on your state below: