Lifeline provides a monthly credit of $9.25/month for internet services and $7.25/mo for voice-only service.  WRT offers residential customers unlimited local calling within WRT’s entire 8,373 square mile service area for only $22.50 per month. (Rate does not include any applicable taxes or mandated surcharges). The Lifeline credit is applied to the main home phone number and will be applied to local voice or internet service.

The Lifeline plan does not include long-distance calls. Lifeline subscribers may opt to block long-distance calls on their line at no cost.

Who is Eligible?
Applicants are eligible if they participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs as follows or have a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (documentation required):

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / formerly known as Food Stamps)

You may also be eligible if your household income is equal to or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

FEDERAL MANDATE: Lifeline recipients are required to recertify their eligibility annually. Failure to properly recertify a recipient’s continued eligibility for the Lifeline program will result in termination of the Lifeline recipient’s monthly Lifeline discount and de-enrollment from the Lifeline Program.

For More Information

If you are applying based on income, please remember to include mandatory documentation as listed on the applications. For questions or assistance please call WRT at 748-2211.

Federal Poverty Guidelines

Estimated Income Requirements for a Household at or Below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:

Persons in
Family or Household
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
1$16,862
2$22,829
3$28,796
4$34,763
5$40,730
6$46,697
7$52,664
8$58,631
For Each Additional Person, add:$5,967

Tribal Lands Lifeline and Expanded Link Up

The Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link Up program provide up to an additional $25 in federal support to qualifying residents of Tribal lands and applies on the main home phone line. This $25 is in addition to the $9.25 monthly credit for Lifeline as noted above. Tribal Link Up is available to qualifying consumers and covers 100% of the charges (up to $100) that the carrier customarily assesses for installing/connecting subscribers to the network.

Who is Eligible?
Applicants are eligible if they participate in at least one of the following public assistance programs as follows or have a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (documentation required):

  • Medicaid (e.g. Title XIX/Medical State Supplemental Assistance)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • Head Start (if income criteria are met)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations You may also be eligible if your household income is equal to or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see information above).