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Lifeline Service

Oklatel continually strives to provide its customers quality phone service that offers enhanced features and competitive high speed broadband. To accomplish this, enhancing Oklatel’s network with fiber optics is a step-by-step goal aggressively being met, even to the extent of expanding some services into neighboring areas.

Give us a call for all your telecommunications needs – 918-656-3233.

Lifeline Service

LIFELINE SERVICE & LINK UP PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Commission has established two programs to make telecommunications service more affordable to eligible customers. Enhanced Lifeline Service is a program designed to make voice or broadband service meeting minimum service standards available at reduced rates to eligible residential customers. Customers’ eligibility to receive the discount must be renewed annually. Eligible Link-Up consumers receive a one-time initial hook-up discount of 100% up to $100.

WHO QUALIFIES?

To be eligible you must live on former tribal land and participate in at least one of the following programs:

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
    • Income is at or less than 135% of the federal poverty level. Customer provides sufficient proof of income as set forth in 47 C.F.R. §54.400(f).
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
    • Head Start Programs (only applicant or customer who satisfies the income qualifying eligibility provision)

Oklatel Communications, Inc. (Oklatel) offers Enhanced Lifeline Service at a reduced rate. Lifeline customers can also subscribe to optional services at the same rate offered to other customers.

Lifeline service is a non-transferable benefit, and a Lifeline subscriber is prohibited from transferring the Lifeline service to another, including another person eligible for Lifeline service. Lifeline service is limited to one discount per household.

WHAT UNIVERSAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS?

Universal Services available to all Oklatel customers include: voice grade access to the public switched network or its functional equivalent; minutes of use for local service provided at no additional charge to the customer; access to emergency services (911); and toll limitation for qualifying low-income consumers.

Broadband meeting the minimum service standards is now also available as a Lifeline supported service. If 10/1 download/upload speeds are available in your area, you must subscribe to this service to receive the Lifeline discount on internet service. In those areas where Oklatel does not offer speeds at or above 10/1 download/upload speeds, you must subscribe to the highest performing speed, which must be at least 4/1 download/upload to receive the Lifeline discount on internet service.

Lifeline discounts can only be received on ONE option – phone or internet. If you decide to apply your monthly Lifeline discount to your internet service, you must remain with Oklatel for at least 12 months. If you sign up for new home phone service, you must remain with Oklatel for at least two months.

HOW DO CUSTOMERS APPLY FOR ENHANCED LIFELINE AND LINK-UP PROGRAM?

Customers may request self-enrollment forms from the Oklatel business office.

HOW TO APPLY FOR TELEPHONE OR INTERNET SERVICE?

If you do not have telephone or internet service and wish to obtain service, and you are in the Oklatel serving areas; or if you have service and you move, and you qualify for the Link-Up Program and are in the Oklatel serving areas; please call our business office number at 918-656-3233.