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California LifeLine

AT&T California is committed to increasing telephone service availability for all Californians. California LifeLine keeps low-income households connected by providing discounts on the telephone connection charges and the monthly basic residential telephone service charge.

California LifeLine Service

California LifeLine is a program sponsored by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that provides discounts on connection/conversion and monthly basic residential telephone service charges to eligible low-income households. Additional discounts are available to qualifying customers who live on federally recognized Tribal Lands or have a deaf or hearing-impaired member in the household. Lifeline benefits are made up from federal and/or state discounts.

Other benefits include the availability of free toll blocking and no charge for the monthly Federal Subscriber Line Charge. Further, the Federal Universal Service Fee, CPUC User Fee, state surcharges and fees, and certain taxes do not apply to California LifeLine service. However, any other AT&T California features such as Call Waiting will be charged at the regular rate.

To add, change or move LifeLine service, please call 1.800.288.2020.
California LifeLine Plans
Choose the plan that fits you best:
PLANS
WHO MAY BENEFIT
FEATURES
PRICE
California LifeLine – Flat Rate*
Qualifying low income customers who make 3 or MORE local calls a day
Provides unlimited local calling
• $8.48* per month for most exchanges (after credits are applied; higher charges may apply in certain areas)
• $10.00* to connect new service or changing existing service (after credits are applied)
California LifeLine – Measured Rate**
Qualifying low income customers who generally make LESS than 3 local calls a day
Provides 60 untimed local calls
• $5.73* per month for most exchanges (after credits are applied; higher charges may apply in certain areas)
• Additional untimed calls are 8 cents each
• $10.00* to connect new service or changing existing service (after credits are applied)
Tribal Lands LifeLine***
Qualifying low income customers living on federally recognized tribal lands
Same as California LifeLine flat or measured plans above
• Up to an additional $25.00 in credits per month for local service
• Credits up to $100.00* to connect new service or $4.25 credit to change existing service (after credits are applied)
California LifeLine Flat or Measured – Second Line
Qualifying low income customers with a household member using a TTY device
California LifeLine discount on a second line
Same as California LifeLine flat or measured plans above


California LifeLine Flat Rate Service


You pay the same each month no matter how much you call within your local area. For local toll calls (made outside of the local area but that are not far enough to be billed as long distance), charges are based upon Zone Usage Measurement (ZUM), or how far and what time of day you call. Long distance calls are not included in the California LifeLine Flat Rate Service charge.

 

California LifeLine Measured Rate Service


Measured Rate Service is for residential customers who don't make many local calls. Customers are charged for local calls in excess of the 60 monthly call allowance. It generally makes most sense for customers who make fewer than three local calls per day. Local toll calls made outside of the local area are charged based upon Zone Usage Measurement (ZUM) or how and what time of day you call. Long distance calls are not included in the California LifeLine Measured Rate Service charge.

 

How to Qualify for California LifeLine


To qualify for California LifeLine service, you need to meet each of the following three requirements:

1.    You or a member of your household participates in any of the Method 1 Program-Based chart listed below OR your total household income meets the requirements identified in the Method 2 Income-Based described below.
2.    The household in which you are applying for California LifeLine must be your primary residence and you do not currently receive the California LifeLine discounts.
3.    You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else's income tax return.


Method 1 Program Based: 
You qualify for California LifeLine if you or another person in your household is enrolled in any one of the following public assistance programs:

 

Qualified Public Assistance Programs
Medicaid/Medi-Cal
Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Stanislaus Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKS), Welfare to Work (WTW), and Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Tribal TANF
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program